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College Football Preview: A Peek Inside. . . The Big East

Big East
Top Teams
1. UConn
2. West Virginia
3. Cincinnati
4. Pittsburgh
5. South Florida
Top Players:
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
Isiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Outlook: The Big East was a sure disappointment last season with the champion being UConn who finished off the regular season 8-4. It looks like the Huskies are again the favorite thanks to a strong line and strong special teams. Though they did lose their top two offensive players in Zach Frazer and Jordan Todman. West Virginia lost back Noel Devine but hopes quarterback Geno Smith can lead an improving passing game. Cincinnati was maybe 2010's biggest disappointment but is hopeful for 2011. Zach Collaros, Isiah Pead, D.J. Woods, J.K. Schaffer and Walter Stewart all return and the 11 starters on defense won't hurt either. Pittburgh lost a lot of talent this offseason. Gone is back Dion Lewis, end Greg Romeus and wide out Jon Baldwin. Though quarterback Tino Sunseri returns along with Brandon Lindsey and Jarred Holley. Even though they aren't that great South Florida will still contend. QB B.J. Daniels has taken big steps forward and wide receiver Lindsey Lamar excells at the return game. Syracuse might be about to enter their strongest season yet. Quarterback Ryan Nassib is talented and Chandler Jones is scary coming from the outside. With just 11 total starters back Louisville needs a lot of help from safety Hakeem Smith. Backs Victor Anderson and Jeremy Wright are talented on offense. Rutgers played horrible last season and needs to generate more wins in the Big East to contend.

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