Critics believe a playoff would ruin the regular season, but consider this. If Connecticut, West Virginia and Pittsburgh played for the Big East’s automatic playoff place, rather than the right to become the BCS grenade, this would have meaning for fans outside the schools involved. The ACC, SEC and future Pac 12 and Big 10 title games would also be more compelling.
The three schools are tied at 4-2. UConn holds both head to head tiebreakers. They advance with a win. They could also lose if both WVU and Pitt lose. West Virginia beat Pitt so they could advance with a win and a UConn win. Pitt needs a win and both UConn and WVU to lose.
I think Connecticut emerges. They will keep it simple, limit mistakes and give South Florida a healthy dose of running back Jordan Todman. Their defense has forced 14 turnovers the past four games against decent opponents. That could make the difference in a close game. South Florida does not have a dynamic offense, especially with B.J. Daniels hampered by our out entirely with a quad injury. The Bulls may also be due for a letdown after the emotional Miami win.
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