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SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 03: Terrence Mitchell

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 03: Terrence Mitchell #10 of the University of South Florida Bulls takes on Andrew Nuss #76 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on a punt return at Notre Dame Stadium on September 3, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty/Jonathan Daniel)

Unbeaten South Florida rolls into Heinz Field tonight to play Pittsburgh as the Big East schedule starts in front of a national television audience (8 p.m., ESPN).

No. 16 South Florida at Pittsburgh (+2.5), 8 p.m.

Henry's pick: Pitt held its own in a 15-12 loss at Notre Dame last week. That defensive effort notwithstanding, South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels was a monster last week, passing for 202 yards and running for 130 in a 52-24 win over UTEP. The Bulls (4-0) are on the type of roll that could get them to a BCS game. South Florida 27, Pittsburgh 16

Rose's pick: Pittsburgh is coming off two bad losses. South Florida, which looks like a real contender for a BCS game, is 4-0 and has looked impressive doing it. The key has been quarterback B.J. Daniels, who has been solid. Daniels has thrown for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns, and has rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. South Florida has followed Daniels’ lead with a balanced offensive attack (294.8 passing yards per game and 228.5 rushing yards per game). Still, going on the road and winning at Pittsburgh will not be easy. The Panthers can get after the quarterback (11 sacks in four games). South Florida will win, but it will be a fight. South Florida 27, Pittsburgh 20

Tags: South Florida , Pittsburgh , Big East , B.J. Daniels

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