Big East Preview
by Robert Bode
Robert Bode: South Florida has the most talent, with West Virginia close behind, but I think this year the Bulls finally get it done. The biggest key for me is that they are under the radar, and with a stingy defense led by defensive end George Selvie and senior quarterback Matt Grothe heading up a decnet offense, USF will claim their first title. Meanwhile, look out for Pittsburgh, who will have a great defense, and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have the least talent, but the most favorable schedule by far.
John Hornbuckle: Expect the defense for South Florida to get the job done.
Game of the Year:
RB: South Florida at Pittsburgh will be the second of four tough games in a row for USF. The Bulls travel to Heinz Field after hosting defending Big East champs Cincinnati, followed by a home game with rivals West Virginia, and then a bye week before a trip to New Jersey to face Rutgers. Get past Pitt and I think the Bulls can survive the slate.
JH: Rutgers at South Florida.
RB: Since John took a shocker in Devine, I'll go with the dynamic Cincinnati WR, Mardy Gilyard.
JH: Noel Devine, RB West Virginia.
Team to Watch:
RB: Cincinnati won the title last season, but very few people are giving them a chance in 2009. A very good offense will need to carry an average defense.
JH: It feels weird saying this, but West Virginia is a little under the radar. Noel Devine is a beast, and the Mountaineers could sneak up on some teams this season.