2010 Big East Preview

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  1. soxandgators

    soxandgators The Gator Nation

    Jul 16, 2010
    2010 Big East Preview

    2010 Big East Prediction

    1.West Virginia...........11-1 (7-0)
    2.Pittsburgh...............10-2 (6-1)
    3.South Florida...........7-5 (4-3)
    4. Rutgers...................8-4 (4-3)
    5. Cincinnati...............7-5 (3-4)
    6.Connecticut.............8-4 (3-4)
    7.Syracuse...............4-8 (1-6)
    8. Louisville...............3-9 (0-7)

    West Virginia
    Six starters return to the top rushing offense in the Big East in 2009. All-American candidate Noel Devine looks for a breakout seniors season behind an impressive offensive line that returns all but one starter. Geno Smith will likely take over at quarterback where many feel there are huge question marks. The potent running game mixed with Smith’s dual-threat ability (and accurate arm) should rack up plenty of points in 2010.

    Defensively the Mountaineers return ten starters from a squad that was 4th in points allowed in the league. Nose tackle Chris Neild is easily the best defensive tackle in the Big East as he anchors West Virginia’s attacking 3-3-5 scheme. Safety is the only area of concern defensively, but the athletic aggressive style of play should compensate for stagnant one-on-one disadvantages.

    The pro style attack of the Panthers looks to continue it’s dominance from 2009 as it returns halfback sensation Dion Lewis (So) to lead the nation’s 34th ranked rushing attack from last season (180.3 yards a game). This looks to be Coach Dave Wannstedt’s most complete offensive team as his run first, play action later philosophy finally has a solid run game returning. Quarterback will be a big question and until someone steps up, defenses may load up on the run to pressure Pitt into unwanted passes. The receiver corps is large and athletic as well, something the Panthers will use in the red zone as a legitimate weapon.

    South Florida
    Who cares if you haven’t even been an FBS program that long. When you’re recruiting home state is Florida, the tools of the trade make the job much easier. Stereotypically, the Sunshine State is well known for producing explosive and athletic athletes — and the Bulls can attest to that in 2010. Offensively, USF is a one man wrecking crew behind do-it-all quarterback B.J. Daniels. Six other starters return to complement Daniels on offense. The offensive line returns four of five starters which should give more time in the passing game as well as provide for a solid foundation for the two-back set to do serious damage on the ground.

    The defense only returns three starters, but that lack of experience only hinders the defensive line in a major way. The defensive backfield is arguably the best one in all of the Big East, while the Bulls linebackers are a solid group with tons of upside.

    Many feel that the Scarlet Knights are a year away from a monster season in the Big East, but few have accepted that they can actually do a little damage in 2010. While this may be an “on deck†season for Rutgers, a reasonable non-conference schedule mixed with exciting young talent should allow for a potentially breakout season.

    Receiver Mhoamed Sanu may be the most dangerous offensive threat Rutgers has in 2010, and not necessarily for his receiving skills. Sanu will be used once again in the Wildcat formation, something that proved deadly for opponents in 2009, as Rutgers looks to improve on their 6th ranked rushing attack in the Big East.

    Defensively, the unit as a whole is the fastest and most athletic that head coach Greg Schiano has seen in his ten seasons at Rutgers. The linebackers will be a major weakness, but the defensive line is skilled and deep along with the defensive secondary.

    The head coach and stellar quarterback are gone, but a similar spread passing attack remains under new head coach Butch Jones. Expect the Bearcats to utilize their signal caller in more of a duel threat manner similar to how Jones used Dan LeFevour at Central Michigan. The offense will go through growing pains and lacks the same firepower as 2009 which could spell trouble for a team that will have to outscore the deficiencies of its defense.

    The lack of physical play will hinder the defense, especially against running teams. Five starters return, but only one from the front four has seen significant playing time. Look for teams to attack the Bearcats tackle to tackle.

    Maybe it’s because of the feel-good story following the tragic stabbing death of former player Jasper Howard, but it appears that many publications and experts are jumping on the Huskies bandwagon a little too early. UConn benefited majorly from a weak schedule and victories in close games in 2009.

    Offensively, the Huskies will again employ a multiple no-huddle approach that looks to wear down defensive fronts while opening up surprise deep attacks throughout the game. Eight returning starters on offense are a concern for the rest of the Big East as tailback Jordan Todman (Jr) will run behind an absolute collection of studs on the offensive line.

    Defensively, Connecticut also returns eight starters but still looks like they will continue their woes versus the pass. The Huskies were last in the Big East in pass defense in 2009 (235.9 yards per game). The non-conference schedule is very favorable for the final win count, but within the conference it’s hard to picture the Huskies finishing atop a vastly improved field of teams.

    An extremely weak non-conference list of games to start the year will likely give many Orange fans false hope. Games versus Akron, Maine, and Colgate surround a contest at Washington for what should be a 3-1 start to the season. Realistically, don’t expect any more wins from Syracuse for the rest of the year until a matchup with Louisville at home on November 6th.

    The offensive line is a strength on this squad that looks to expand it’s downfield passing game in 2010. Defensively the Orange know they must attack teams to compensate for poor talent, but it’s possible that Syracuse will fail to develop the needed philosophy for the conference season due to such weak early season opponents.

    While the Cardinals may not produce many wins for fans in 2010, there’s no doubting that new coach Charlie Strong will produce an exciting team to watch offensively. The former assistant at Florida, Strong will infuse an offense very similar to what the Gators currently run, which means lots of spread action with a heavy reliance on a dual-threat quarterback.

    The Cardinals actually have a solid running back in Victor Anderson, but the real question is whether he will be used efficiently. The vertical passing game also has suffered and doesn’t look to improve much with Adam Froman behind center.

    Defensively, Louisville is a very small unit that struggles to get a pass rush off the edge. While 2010 won’t be a fun year in the win column, Strong was able to recruit a very good recruiting class heading into 2010. It’s possible fans will get to see views of the future if Strong allows his true freshmen to play. Either way, the long term prospects for this Louisville club look hopeful.

    2010 Big East Awards Predictions

    Offensive Player of the Year........ RB Dion Lewis (So) Pittsburgh

    Defensive Player of the Year....... DE Greg Romeus (Sr) Pittsburgh

    Head Coach of the Year.............Bill Stewart West Virginia

    2010 College Football Preseason All-American Team

    First Team

    RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh – What a fabulous breakout campaign as a freshman for this ultra-talented running back. He began the year completely under the radar, as most freshmen do, but by the end of the regular season Lewis was the nation’s third-leading rusher at 1,640 yards. For that he earned 2009 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year accolades, and Freshman of the Year honors from Sporting News, CBSSports.com and CollegeFootballNews.com.

    OT Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh – Pinkston, who is entering his third season at Pitt, was selected first-team All-Big East and earned second-team All-America accolades as a junior. At 6-4, 305, Pinkston is surprisingly quick and agile. He was a big reason why Pittsburgh had the best overall offensive line in the Big East, as evidenced by Dion Lewis leading the conference in rushing, while also allowing just 15 sacks, tied for best in the league with Cincinnati.

    DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh – Romeus, Romeus, wherefore art thou? Most likely, in the opposing team’s backfield. The senior had 43 tackles last year, including 11.5 for loss (eight of which were sacks). The Big East’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year is one of the candidates for the Lott Trophy, one of the few season-ending awards that not only takes into account athletic prowess, but personal character and achievement.

    Second Team

    RB – Noel Devine, West Virginia
    WR – Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
  2. TeXasfight33

    TeXasfight33 Walk On

    Jan 25, 2010
    nice stuff man, are you gonna do this with every conference or just big east?
  3. soxandgators

    soxandgators The Gator Nation

    Jul 16, 2010
    Seen everyone putting time in with other conferences wanted to represent the Big East.Thought we were doing it by our conference to have a more intimate approach to it.I am willing to help anyone put time in anyway possible just drop me a im or email etc.I noticed all the other leagues have everything all over the place in the forum.It is very confusing to go and find stuff after there is 20 pages of threads to sift threw.Would love a few designated sections in the forum to make it very user friendly to add weekly progress to each perspective conference with ease.This would give it a more organized feel.We got a good group of guys here. Nice to have a home amongst the chaos the last few years trying to get guys that just enjoyed a few games after a work day.Playing with no drama is nice.

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