Early Conference Championship Outlook

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  1. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011

    With week 9 about to start, every team is into Mid Season form, some looking better than others, but we're starting to see a more clear picture on how things may end up in the Big East. Both divisions, Colonial and Frontier, have an undefeated leader, with several teams in position to make a move. The Big East currently has 3 ranked teams, and 2 undefeated teams in the conference. The conference is not as successful as a whole as it was last season, but it is still proving to be a very competitive conference that will only get better in time. We will look at the teams that still have a realistic opportunity of playing in the conference championship.
    Colonial Division
    [​IMG] The Cardinals are currently ranked #21 in the polls, and are 7-0 (4-0) coming off a big win against Cincinnati. The Cards are much improved from last season, and will control their on destiny. The closest game they've had this season was a 3 point win over San Diego St., 24-21, where Louisville kicked a game winning field goal with 20 seconds remaining. Louisville is headed by Junior QB Ted Bridgewater. He's thrown for over 1500 yards this season to go with 18 touchdowns, to just 7 interceptions. He also has 4 rushing touchdowns. Louisville does have Navy and USF remaining on their schedule, and the USF team is much improved this year, and could pull the upset. Louisville will need to bring their A game these next two weeks if they're going to make the Conference Championship​
    [​IMG]USF is one of the most improved teams from last year sitting at 5-1 (2-1). Their only lost came against conference foe Houston a few weeks ago. Bobby Eveld has led the way for USF at QB with 6 passing touchdowns, and 3 rushing touchdowns. The Bulls have Louisville, which could determine the division champion, but will also have Rutgers at the end of the season which could easily pose a problem. Every game from this point on is a must win, but USF has put themselves in great position to win the division.
    [​IMG] Navy, last years division representative for the conference championship, has taken a step back. They are currently 4-3 (3-2), and have a lot of work, and will need some extra help from other teams in order to make the conference championship. Navy, which was known for it's unique option offense in the past, is now more of a pro style team led by QB Rodney Mosley. Rodney has struggled some this year, throwing more interceptions (13), than touchdowns (11), but still has his team in a great chance for a bowl game. As stated, they'll need to win out, and receive some help in order to make another conference championship game.
    Frontier Division
    [​IMG] The Cougars are currently 6-0 (4-0) and ranked #6 in the country. David Pilland earned the starting spot back this season and has responded decently, throwing for just under 1200 yards with 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He was however, benched in the Air Force game due to the Cougars needing a more mobile QB. The coaching decision paid off, but it's yet to see who will start next week in a pivotal match up against San Diego St. The game against SDU will determine who will represent the division in the Conference Championship. It was though that SMU would have an opportunity to repeat, but with the unexpected departure of their head coach, SMU will most likely finish in the middle of the pack. The Cougars currently control their own destiny.
    [​IMG] San Diego St. is another team that has a chance to make the conference championship out of the Frontier Division. Currently the Aztecs are 5-2 (3-1) with that one conference loss coming in a very close game with Louisville. The Aztecs have a showdown with Houston next week, which would be a must win if they want to play in the Championship game. However, a win against Houston does not guarantee them a spot in the Championship. If they do win next week, most likely they will need to win out, and with the last game of the season against Air Force, it won't be easy. The Aztecs have been throwing the ball a lot more in their new offense, and because of that, Redshirt Junior QB Ryan Dingwell has thrown 27 interceptions on the year. He will need to cut down on the turnovers if the Aztecs are going to make the Conference title game.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012
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  2. Kasper

    Kasper Mr. Embolo

    Apr 12, 2010
    Great stuff Phil! Awesome work man.
  3. BPHusker

    BPHusker Walk On

    Jul 4, 2011
    Great write up!
  4. dj illmatic 23

    dj illmatic 23 Walk On

    Jun 5, 2012
    Great write up, although you didn't have to tell everyone about my absurd amount of interceptions:(

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