Each and every year we have a long college football season, and each and every year the Big East seems to be out of the championship talk from the time the preseason rankings come out. This year is much of the same, and in fact there is only one Big East team that is ranked heading in (although not in the AP/USA Today). West Virginia is the heavy favorite going into the season, but my money is on one of the strongest (pun intended) coaches in football to steal the conference.
8th place: Connecticut
Nothing against UConn, but I just don't think they have enough to compete. They will steal some games though.
7th place: Syracuse
The sad thing is that with such a bad conference, teams will split wins which might make Syracuse bowl eligible.
6th place: Cincinnati
This is lower than most people have the Bearcats, but I just think the team is a little too thin to compete. 5th place: Rutgers
Rutgers has some good potential, and their athleticism will win them some games.
4th place: Pittsburgh
I just don't know what to think of Pittsburgh. The team lost some very good tools, but they always seem to have firepower ready to go.
3rd place: West Virginia
I think too many people believe that West Virginia will easily run the conference, but I just think they are a year a way from owning the conference.
2nd place: Southern Florida
I really like the USF Bulls going into the season. They have a lot of good talent throughout, and coach Skip Holtz gets the most out of his players.
Ok, so this is probably the only site that thinks Louisville stands a chance, and in all reality the odds are stacked. The offense lost a ton of guys to graduation and the team is very (VERY) young. But coach Charlie Strong is a defensive mastermind that gets the best out of his guys. With some guys that got a year of the Strong system, and with an amazing recruiting class the outlook is bright for the Cards. It will be a tough task for coach Strong to pull his team this far, but he also won 3 or 4 more games than expected in 2009.