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2009 Big East Football Preview

Big East football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Big East football preview as well as individual team previews for all 8 big east football teams and our big east predictions. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

The Big East is a tough conference to call for two reasons. First, many of the teams are very close in terms of talent and skills. Second, most of the clubs are in transition. Those two factors make it a difficult division to analyze. Once you weigh an array of factors, here’s how it looks.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are on the rise. Coach Dave Wannstedt got the club to a bowl game last year after a four-year hiatus. He’s also managed to recruit some fine talent. Freshman running back Dion Lewis will have an immediate impact. The key is the field general spot. The good news is that the Panthers have some choices when it comes to quarterback. The defense is good enough to make this club a winner.

Although many think the Mountaineers of West Virginia will take the conference, the fact is that this is a club in decline. The Mountaineers look to have an excellent running game but they also play an extremely tough road schedule. Plus, they have to replace premium QB Pat White. Second place looks likely for this team.

The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers have been a consistent contender since 2005. This season they will once again prove to be bowl worthy. On the recruiting front, quarterback Tom Savage is a top prospect. The Knights “D” is the best in the Big East and the club’s O-line can be dominant. If they can find a fine QB and he can find some wideouts to connect with, this club will be near the top of the conference.

The South Florida Bulls are one of those teams that experts expect to breakthrough but that continue to end up in the middle of the pack. The team’s success is dependent upon senior QB Matt Grothe who is determined to get the Bulls to a BCS Bowl. But Grothe needs a better O-line and a running game. Plus, the Bulls have a tough schedule.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will have a hard go of it due to the fact that they field an inexperienced defense. The offense features the dynamic duo of QB Tony Pike and WR Mardy Gilyard. To complicate things, Cincinnati has a daunting schedule, which certainly doesn’t help.

If you’re expecting the Connecticut Huskies to be a first or second-place team, then you are dreaming. The team has to play a very difficult, upscale schedule and are thin on personnel. They do have a new coordinator on offense, and that will help. If the Huskies can get to .500 and earn a bowl invite, this team will have accomplished something.

The Syracuse Orange continue to struggle. New coach Doug Marrone will have an immediate impact that will help this team climb out of the cellar. There will be no bowl bid in 2009, but in two years the Orange could be back in the post-season.

The Louisville Cardinals have problems when it comes to the head coach spot and QB position. There is some promise on offense but a major rebuilding effort is needed to make this team a contender.

The fact is that this is a three-way fight for the conference title between Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Rutgers. South Florida will be in the hunt while Cincinnati, Connecticut, Syracuse and Louisville will have to wait until next year.

Big East Predictions

1) Pittsburgh Panthers
2) West Virginia Mountaineers
3) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
4) South Florida Bulls
5) Cincinnati Bearcats
6) Connecticut Huskies
7) Syracuse Orange
8) Louisville Cardinals

For more info on the 2009 Big East Conference, view their official website or read up on all the bigeast football team previews below.

 

2009 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 09 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. With only 1 starter back on defense can Brian Kelly get his Bearcats back to the BCS? Will Wannstedt choke away another season with loaded talent? Is Rutgers' schedule just too easy for them not to win the Big East crown?

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