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What I learned from the Big East (Oct. 9)

Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:02 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 9:06 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

1. West Virginia...And Everyone Else - There were concerns regarding West Virginia's offensive capabilities with a banged-up Noel Devine in the lineup, but after the 445 yards of total offense amassed in the Mountaineers 49-10 victory over UNLV, many of those concerns have been laid to rest.  Quarterback Geno Smith completed 12 of 16 passes for 220 yards and connected with wide receiver Brad Starks for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers, and for the first time in eight games the offense did not commit a single turnover.  While the Mountaineers have yet to play a conference game, the eye test would suggest that Bill Stewart's squad is running at a different speed than the rest of the conference at this point in the season.
2. Rutgers Might Have A QB Controversy On Their Hands - Rutgers' seemingly annual nail-biter with Connecticut revealed a new hero in Piscataway in the likes of true freshman quarterback Chas Dodd.  With starting quarterback Tom Savage out with a hand injury, Dodd let if loose through the air for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Savage led the offense for the most of his time at Rutgers, but has struggled so far in the 2010 season.  His only touchdown came in the Scarlet Knights' 31-0 season opening victory against Norfolk State.  Head coach Greg Schiano will have a difficult decision moving forward choosing between the two young signal callers.

3. (Hold Your Breath) Syracuse Is Leading The Big East - Granted, the Orange have yet to play much of anything that resembles a formidable opponent, but Syracuse is in first place nonetheless.  The 4-1 Orange held strong against B.J. Daniels and the South Florida Bulls, not allowing a single offensive touchdown in their 13-9 victory.  One of the reasons has been the success of the running game.  Running back Delone Carter is among the league's leading rushers at 104.8 yards per game, and against South Florida he and backup junior Antwon Bailey combined for 186 yards on the ground.  Syracuse may not be ready to start thinking Big East title, but they will have a very good shot to make their first postseason appearance since 1999. 

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