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Five things you should know about the Big East...

Posted on: July 29, 2008 8:24 am
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1. Can things get any better? Left for dead after the ACC expansion, the Big East has more than pulled its weight. 
It is 8-2 the past two seasons in bowls. It had four teams ranked in the AP 10 at various times in 2007. West Virginia is a national championship contender. The middle of the league is a strong as any league, except the SEC -- Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Cincinnati, South Florida and Connecticut. Commissioner Mike Tranghese deserves a lifetime achievement award in his final season.

2. Bill Stewart, come on down: The West Virginia assistant's surprising battlefield promotion after the Fiesta Bowl win was one of the more surprising developments of 2007. Now the former Rich Rodriguez assistant must produce. The Mountaineers are loaded this season with Rich Rod's leftovers. But Stewart has shown an ability to recruit too. West Virginia has 13 commitments and is actually slowing down recruiting in order to balance out the class. Too many skill players want to follow in the footsteps of Pat White and Steve Slaton. Stewart needs more linemen. His first recruiting class (2009) could provide the foundation for years to come.

3. The hottest of seats is at Syracuse: Along with Washington's Tyrone Willingham, Greg Robinson is considered one of the first coaches to be fired. He has won seven games in three seasons, never more than four in any year. There has been little improvement in a program that used to be a regular resident of the top 25. The only weak sister in the Big East has to play at Northwestern, West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers and Notre Dame as well as a home game against Penn State. Where should we forward your mail, Greg?

4. South Florida is not going South: That wasn't a fluke last season when the Bulls rose to No. 2 in the country. D coordinator Wally Burnham has built a crushing unit led by returning All-American George Selvie. Quarterback Matt Grothe doesn't fit in any category, he just wins. Don't be surprised if South Florida is undefeated going to West Virginia on Dec. 6.

5. Pittsburgh is headed ... You tell me: Up? Down? The upset of West Virginia provided momentum and Dave Wannstedt has recruited well but the world is waiting to see the Panthers take the next step. A second-place Big East finish is doable, especially with under-the-radar Heisman candidate LeSean McCoy at tailback.

 

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2008 6:27 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

Pure crap from Dudd....once again. This clown is a moron.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2008 1:52 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

And now Auburn/USF is an even match-up? Or Louisville/Kentucky, even though Louisville didn't even go bowling?

 

Kentucky finished 9th in the SEC out of 12 teams.

Louisville finished 6th out of 8??  Thats pretty even to me...

Auburn/USF is an even match-up RIGHT NOW.  We all know Auburn will be a top 15 team every year...Do we know the same about USF?




Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 7:39 am
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

I am an SEC fan and when I heard that Miami, Va Tech and BC were leaving to join the ACC, I gave the Big East up for dead. At least WVU has stuck in there and the rest are coming around. Better than the WAC and all the other wanna bes. Give the Big East credit  for keeping on.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 3:51 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

1-1 in even matchups...UK/UL and Auburn/USF were even matchups and they split

Didn't you just tell us all how much better the middle of the SEC is then the middle of the BE?

And now Auburn/USF is an even match-up? Or Louisville/Kentucky, even though Louisville didn't even go bowling?

I don't follow your logic.

 




Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2008 12:00 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

Louisvilel was 2nd to last in the Big East Last season... UK was a bowl team...  just saying..

 

 

USF was 4th in the Big East (basically the middle)...  Auburn was 2nd in the SEC west...  so fairly close. 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 8:14 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

Correction. He said 'except' the SEC. Although, last year, the Big East was 2-1 against the SEC.

 

1-1 in even matchups...UK/UL and Auburn/USF were even matchups and they split.

WVU beating Miss State is like LSU beating UCONN...Nothing to brag about.




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 8:11 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

This argument is like me bringing something up about the SEC having back to back national champs and moderate success in the NCAA tourney in basketball...

It doesn't change the fact that the SEC is still the worst major basketball conference in the land...And there is nothing wrong with that because we dominate in football.

Same thing with the Big East...Face IT...You are a BASKETBALL conference...And the worst BCS football conference...




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 8:09 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

Sorry forgot to add "Coaches being sought after".

 

Yep...And those coaches are leaving to take those jobs...So what exactly does that say?




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 8:06 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

The middle of the league is stronger than every other league except for the SEC which we are not far behind. 

 

Really???  Not far behind?

The Big East's "middle of the league" is everyone after WVU...

The SEC has Georgia, Florida, and LSU who have all been elite the past few years (top of the conference)...

Auburn and Tennessee are not far behind in what would be considered the "middle of the league" in the SEC.

The "bottom middle" of the league would be South Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas.

The "bottom" of the league would be UK, Vandy, Ole Miss, and Miss State...Miss State and UK are moving up into the "bottom middle" though...So I don't even want to hear that the Big East's middle of the league is "not far behind" the SEC...Give me a break.

 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 8:02 pm
 

Five things you should know about the Big East...

The wins over Georgia and Oklahoma were very impressive...Unfortunatley, they were from the same team..WVU...who no one disputes is an elite program right now.

The other win was over Wake Forest...A team that would have lost a lot of non-BCS bowls that year...Louisville pounding Wake Forest was no surprise at all.

 



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