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College Football Preview: The Big East

Ranking the Big East
1. Rutgers
2. Louisville
3. South Florida
4. Pittsburgh

B.J. Daniels, USF
Overview: This is the weakest this conference has ever been, and may ever be without West Virginia. It appears the team to beat is Rutgers. This defense is stacked with talent with a star in every unit. On the line Scott Vallone is a beast, at linebacker Khaseem Greene is a tackling monster and in the secondary Logan Ryan is a ball hawk. Though the quarterback position is in question as sophomore Gary Nova will likely start. Louisville could still get to a BCS bowl with sophomore Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback and a powerful defense. Junior Dominique Brown is powerful and behind him Senorise Perry is a speedster at backup. South Florida choked last season ending up 1-6 in the Big East and 5-7 overall. They may have the most dangerous player in the league in senior quarterback B.J. Daniels. He has a great receiver corps headlined by Sterling Griffin and tight end Evan Landi. Pittsburgh could be a dark horse with the return of senior quarterback Tino Sunseri and back Ray Graham. Graham had a great 2011 before getting injured midyear. Even with safety Jarred Holley back this Panthers defense is very weak. UConn will play UConn football, running the ball and playing psychical defense. They have their back returning in sophomore Lyle McCombs who ran for over 1,000 yards. 9 starters are back on defense including end Jesse Joseph and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Cincinnati has a new quarterback in junior Munchie Legaux who has the potential to be a star and a new runningback in George Winn. They have a dominant defensive line headed by Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. Ryan Nassib is back which means Syracuse will contend once more for a bowl. Though no hiding how bad this defense was last season, worst in the Big East. It likely won't get much better. Temple is in a new tougher conference after a strong 9-4 mark put together be last year's squad. But, this team must replace Bernard Pierce's 27 touchdowns. Matt Brown is a speedy, elusive back and QB Chris Coyer returns but no denying how much tougher the Big East is then the MAC.

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