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Big East Preview


USF will win the Big East and make their first ever BCS appearance in 2009.Here are my projected Big East results:

1. South Florida (11-1, 6-1) - The Bulls will take out in-state rivals Florida State and Miami en route to their best year in college football to date. They have Cincinnati and WVU at home, while traveling to Pitt and Rutgers. USF loses their undefeated season the final week of the year at Connecticut.

2. West Virginia (10-2, 5-2) - With conference losses on the road to USF and Cincinnati, WVU regroups to defeat Pitt and earn a trip to the Gator Bowl.

3. Pittsburgh (9-3, 5-2) - The Panthers start off 7-0 before home losses to USF and Notre Dame and on the road at WVU in the Backyard Brawl.

4. Connecticut (9-3, 5-2) - Connecticut surprises everyone by starting out 4-0 with wins over nationally ranked UNC and on the road against Baylor. The showdown October 10th in Pittsburgh will come down to the wire, while a trip to Notre Dame does not go according to plan.

5. Cincinnati (9-3, 4-3) - The Bearcats open the year with a win in Piscataway, setting off the first of 5 consecutive wins before traveling to Tampa to take on USF. With losses to the Bulls, Pitt and Connecticut, Cincinnati settles for fifth in the Big East.

6. Rutgers (7-5, 2-5) - Quarterback issues plague the Scalet Knights throughout the year. A perfect out-of-conference slate against weaker opponents does not prepare RU for the brutal conference schedule, as their only two wins come against the bottom feeders of the Big East. However RU will go bowling once again.

7. Syracuse (4-8, 1-6) - Syracuse will have wins over Northwestern, Maine, Akron and Louisville. Paulus struggles early and often and finds himself on the bench by week 4.

8. Louisville (4-8, 0-7) - The Cards start out promising with a win over Kentucky, but hit a road block against tougher competition in the Big East. Head coach Steve Kragthorpe does not make it through the season.

Disagree? Feel free to comment and come back with your own projected rankings.