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2011 Bowl Predictions: ESPN.com Says Five Bowls For Big East

With the second week of the college football season completed, ESPN.com Big East blogger Andrea Adelson updated her bowl projections for the conference.

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Coming as no surprise, West Virginia remains in first and is expected to secure the Big East's automatic BCS bowl bid, playing in the Orange Bowl. After that is where things get murky, though.

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Pitt is expected to play in the Belk Bowl (formerly the Meineke Car Care Bowl) and South Florida, Cincinnati, and Syracuse are all bowl teams according to Adelson. But conspicuously absent from the Big East's lineup is the Champs Sports Bowl, which also has a tie-in with Notre Dame. The Irish need to finish at least 7-5 to be eligible for that bowl, and while the season is still early, an 0-2 start and games still remaining against Stanford, Michigan State, USC, Pitt, Maryland, and Boston College mean it could be an uphill battle.

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These projections are made weekly and two weeks in, an accurate season-end bowl prediction isn't possible. But based on what we've seen, West Virginia and South Florida are looking like the two clear cut best teams so far this season.

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