Louisville won a share of the Big East title last season and was one game away from making the BCS. Now that West Virginia is gone to the Big 12, though, the Cardinals are projected to be all alone at the top of this year’s Big East standings.
Louisville was an overwhelming favorite to win the conference this year, grabbing 24 of 28 first place votes. Charlie Strong‘s team returns 17 of 22 starters from last year, including up and coming quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
South Florida, perennially at or near the top of every Big East preseason poll before finishing at or near the bottom of the league by the end of the year, got four first place votes and projects to finish second. I’m a big fan of Skip Holtz, but the Bulls have yet to find a cure for their seasonal inconsistencies.
Temple, celebrating its re-entry into the league, has been picked to finish last. Guess old habits die hard, eh?
Here’s how the teams are projected to finish with total points in parenthesis:
1. Louisville (219)
2. USF (176)
3. Rutgers (155)
4. Cincinnati (139)
5. Pitt (131)
6. UConn (77)
7. Syracuse ( 70)
8. Temple (41)