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Rivals Review - Big East Breakdown


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http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1111053

David Fox

Rivals.com College Football Staff Writer

 

Randy Edsall is the only Big East coach who can claim a league title.

Each of those cities has coaches with more Big East titles than any current Big East coach.

Randy Edsall is the only Big East coach who can claim a league title.

Each of those cities has coaches with more Big East titles than any current Big East coach.

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (at Cincinnati), Michigan's Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia) and Arkansas' Bobby Petrino (Louisville) won Big East titles before bolting for bigger jobs. That leaves Connecticut's Randy Edsall as the only coach in the conference with a title, and even that comes with a caveat.

Edsall's Huskies tied West Virginia in the standings in 2007 but lost 66-21 to the Mountaineers. That means the only coach in the conference with a head-coaching appearance in a BCS game on his resume is WVU's Bill Stewart. But that also comes with an asterisk: Stewart was the interim coach when West Virginia defeated Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, as Rodriguez had left for Michigan in the period between the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason.

The Big East, which has gone through its share of turnover in the past five seasons, begins the season looking for new faces to carry the conference banner. Just who the face of the conference will be is a mystery. Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis and West Virginia's Noel Devine put up prolific rushing numbers last season. By default, Rutgers' Tom Savage, USF's B.J. Daniels and Cincinnati's Zach Collaros are the quarterback headliners. With all of 11 career starts, Savage is the most experienced of the league's signal-callers.

The league may be won by a strong defense. Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and West Virginia hope to rely on their defenses to win games this season.

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3. USF: After winning two consecutive Conference USA titles at East Carolina, Skip Holtz relishes working at a place that isn't a rebuilding job.

Overall this is a good article, USF is not highly thought of but you never know what a top flight unevaluated (Big East Perspective) coaching staff can do.  The coaches know each other and have a tremendous amount of experience.  This is making the Vero Beach idea even more appealing since we now see they have to get the team to bond so they will work as a unit. 

I think we have a ton of intangibles going for us and if your coaches can bring our team together we could do better since we have some excellent athletes. 

The reviewer also shows his bias, if the team does not have a lot of people returning and players who have gained all conference status he does not consider much of them.  Look at what Jason did last year for USF.

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I found this pretty interesting on there:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1111051

Here's a few highlights:

WHICH TEAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Olin Buchanan: Cincinnati

Tom Dienhart: Cincinnati

David Fox: West Virginia

Mike Huguenin: West Virginia

Steve Megargee: USF

WHO HAS THE BEST-LOOKING HELMET?

Olin Buchanan: USF

Tom Dienhart: USF

David Fox: West Virginia

Mike Huguenin: USF

Steve Megargee: Pitt

WHO HAS THE WORST-LOOKING HELMET?

Olin Buchanan: Cincinnati

Tom Dienhart: Syracuse

David Fox: USF (really?)

Mike Huguenin: Syracuse

Steve Megargee: UConn

CITY IN THIS LEAGUE YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT

Olin Buchanan: Tampa

Tom Dienhart: Pittsburgh

David Fox: Tampa

Mike Huguenin: Tampa

Steve Megargee: Tampa

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BJ Daniels - Preseason first team All-Conference. Nice...

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all very interesting

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