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2009 BIG EAST FOOTBALL PREVIEW

1) SOUTH FLORIDA- While Cincinnati seems to be the consensus pick to win the conference, we’re tabbing the big_east_wallpaperBulls because we love the fact that they have the best player in the conference on each side of the ball.  QB Matt Grothe is a four year starter who has thrown for 8,000 YDS and run for another 2,000 in his first three seasons and has his top two receivers coming back in A.J. Love and Jessie Hester.  DE George Selvie leads a strong, experienced defense whose secondary, led by Nate Allen, should allow him enough time to continue to menace Big East QBs.

2) CINCINNATI- QB Tony Pike leads an explosive, no-huddle offense that vaulted the Bearcats into the Orange Bowl last year.  WR Mardy Gilyard teams with Pike on the league’s most formidable passing combo.  A huge, experienced O Line should allow Cincy’s running-game-by-committee enough space to keep opponents from focusing on the passing attack.   There could be problems on defense, however, as Cincinnati converts from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and returns just one starter.

3) WEST VIRGINIA- If you haven’t noticed already, we love playmakers here at the CollegeSportsView.  That’s why we’ll look past the fact that the Mountaineers must replace three offensive linemen as well as QB Pat White.  QB Jarrett Brown, who backed up White last season but also saw time at WR and RB will have RB Noel Devine to lean on.  Devine ran for nearly 1,300 YDS last year and is one of the conference’s most dynamic players.  The defense should be fine with seven returning starters.

4)RUTGERSLove those teams that have experienced O Lines returning.  It’ll help Greg Schiano decide on who will be the feature back from a host of talented runners that showed promise last season.  Look for Kordell Young to get the first look.  An uncertain QB situation could hurt the Knights early, as whoever it is will be working with a green receiving corps.  The bet here is that Dom Natale will be the guy.

5) PITTSBURGH- Nothing but bad news for the Panthers’ offense as they lost both LeSean McCoy and coordinator Matt Cavanagh to the NFL.  Sr. Bill Stull returns at QB.  A strong D Line will have to come up very big for Pitt to have any hope for a successful season.

6)CONNECTICUT- A strong defense, whose six returning starters are led by leading tackler Scott Lutrus will have to carry the load for the Huskies.  RB Donald Brown took his skills to the NFL while UConn must also replace two starters up front.  The switch to a spread offense comes at a bad time, as QB Zach Frazer does not have the skills to run it.

7) LOUISVILLE- RB Victor Anderson, the Big East newcomer of the year in ’08, may be all the Cardinals have to hang their hats on.  They’ll pick a QB from a cast of three who have never played in the program and be forced to adjust to a new coordinator.  S Brandon Heath leads an otherwise unimpressive defensive unit.

8) SYRACUSE- They’re starting a QB that hasn’t worn football pads in five years and wasn’t a very good point guard, either.  It’ll be a long season for the Orange.

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2009 BIG EAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

Team-By-Team Schedules

CINCINNATI
Sat., Sept. 5 at RUTGERS
Sat., Sept. 12 Southeast Missouri State
Sat., Sept. 19 at Oregon State
Sat., Sept. 26 Fresno State
Sat., Oct. 3 at Miami (Ohio)
Thu., Oct. 15 at USF (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 24 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 31 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 7 CONNECTICUT
Fri., Nov. 13 WEST VIRGINIA (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 28 Illinois
Sat., Dec. 5 at PITTSBURGH (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

CONNECTICUT
Sat., Sept. 5 at Ohio
Sat., Sept. 12 North Carolina
Sat., Sept. 19 at Baylor
Sat., Sept. 26 Rhode Island
Sat., Oct. 10 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Oct. 17 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 24 at WEST VIRGINIA
Sat., Oct. 31 RUTGERS
Sat., Nov. 7 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 21 at Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC)
Sat., Nov. 28 SYRACUSE
Sat., Dec. 5 USF (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

LOUISVILLE
Sat., Sept. 5 Indiana State
Sat., Sept. 19 at Kentucky
Sat., Sept. 26 at Utah
Fri., Oct. 2 PITTSBURGH (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 10 Southern Mississippi
Sat., Oct. 17 at CONNECTICUT
Sat., Oct. 24 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Oct. 31 Arkansas State
Sat., Nov. 7 at WEST VIRGINIA
Sat., Nov. 14 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 21 at USF
Sat., Nov. 28 RUTGERS

PITTSBURGH
Sat., Sept. 5 Youngstown State
Sat., Sept. 12 at Buffalo
Sat., Sept. 19 Navy
Sat., Sept. 26 at North Carolina State
Fri., Oct. 2 at LOUISVILLE (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 10 CONNECTICUT
Fri., Oct. 16 at RUTGERS (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 24 USF
Sat., Nov. 7 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 14 Notre Dame (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Fri., Nov. 27 at WEST VIRGINIA (ABC/ESPN)
Sat., Dec. 5 CINCINNATI (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

RUTGERS
Sat., Sept. 5 CINCINNATI
Sat., Sept. 12 Howard
Sat., Sept. 19 Florida International
Sat., Sept. 26 at Maryland
Sat., Oct. 10 TBA
Fri., Oct. 16 PITTSBURGH (8 p.m., ESPN)
Fri., Oct. 23 at Army (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 31 at Connecticut
Thu., Nov. 12 USF (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Nov. 21 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 28 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Dec. 5 WEST VIRGINIA (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

USF
Sat., Sept. 5 Wofford
Sat., Sept. 12 at Western Kentucky
Sat., Sept. 19 Charleston Southern
Sat., Sept. 26 at Florida State
Sat., Oct. 3 at SYRACUSE
Thu., Oct. 15 CINCINNATI (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 24 at PITTSBURGH
Fri., Oct. 30 WEST VIRGINIA (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Thu., Nov. 12 at RUTGERS (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Nov. 21 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 28 Miami (Fla.)
Sat., Dec. 5 at CONNECTICUT (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

SYRACUSE
Sat., Sept. 5 Minnesota
Sat., Sept. 12 at Penn State
Sat., Sept. 19 Northwestern
Sat., Sept. 26 Maine
Sat., Oct. 3 USF
Sat., Oct. 10 WEST VIRGINIA
Sat., Oct. 24 Akron
Sat., Oct. 31 CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 7 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Nov. 14 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 21 RUTGERS
Sat., Nov. 28 at CONNECTICUT

WEST VIRGINIA
Sat., Sept. 5 Liberty
Sat., Sept. 12 East Carolina
Sat., Sept. 19 at Auburn
Thu., Oct. 1 Colorado (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 10 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Oct. 17 Marshall
Sat., Oct. 24 CONNECTICUT
Fri., Oct. 30 at USF (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 7 LOUISVILLE
Fri., Nov. 13 at CINICNNATI (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Fri., Nov. 27 PITTSBURGH (ABC/ESPN)
Sat., Dec. 5 at RUTGERS (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

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