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Louisville is Big East’s preseason favorite to win league

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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)

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11 Responses to “Louisville is Big East’s preseason favorite to win league”
  1. irishjackmp says: Jul 31, 2012 9:56 PM

    Of course you had to add the snarky comment about Temple at the end.

    If you had bothered to follow them the last few years you would know the program has come lightyears and has been to bowl games 2 of the last 3 years. Their last lace projection is due to the fact they only have 8 returning starters from last years bowl team.

  2. One Up the Bum says: Jul 31, 2012 10:02 PM

    Wouldn’t it be something if Temple came back in and took the Conference. I wonder what Vegas has on it?

  3. ningenito78 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:07 PM

    Temple is miles above what they were when they were bounced from the Big East last time. They won’t finish last. The Big East will come down to Rutgers vs Louisville toward the end of the season.

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 31, 2012 10:17 PM

    “Of course you had to add the snarky comment about Temple at the end.

    If you had bothered to follow them the last few years you would know the program has come lightyears and has been to bowl games 2 of the last 3 years.”

    Oh, you mean like how I stumped for the Big East to invite Temple last fall?

    And, so I’m clear, that was a snarky comment at the preseason projection, not Temple’s actual state of the program.

  5. ningenito78 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:35 PM

    Ben what’s your opinion here? You agree with the consensus that Louisville is the odds on favorite? Bridgewater looked good but in my opinion, as long as Rutgers can hold serve going into their matchup, they have a defense Taylor made to shut down a QB like Bridgewater. Despite the unknowns at the QB position (and I don’t think it’s dire, just unsettled) for RU I think this the year for them.

  6. fatcamper says: Jul 31, 2012 10:37 PM

    I did my undergrad at USF. If I criticize you for pointing out a truth about our program will you fire back at me too?

  7. ningenito78 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    ‘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.’

  8. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 31, 2012 10:49 PM

    @ningenito78

    I agree that UL should be the favorite, but this is going to sound like a cop out: the Big East has been wide open in recent years because of all the turnover in coaching, and I think the same principle applies this year. It feels like this is the year Strong takes the program to the next level, but he hasn’t done it yet.

  9. ningenito78 says: Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM

    Ok thanks. Not fishing for responses but was curious what you thought about Rutgers too.

  10. orthomarine says: Aug 1, 2012 7:39 AM

    Fair assessment IMO… This conference is wide open, and it seems like we are fighting to leave

    BJ’s last year at USF and we have the Woulard era starting next year… I can’t wait to see how turns out

  11. mountaineer50415 says: Aug 1, 2012 7:55 AM

    I have no idea why, but for some reason I have always liked Rutgers. Therefore, though no one cares I will be rooting for them. It would be nice to see them on top of the Big East.
    Also, I usually root for USF as I live near them. Many young people from my church go there, so I will also root for them.
    Do not throw Temple to the wolves though, as they did beat Maryland last year and came close to other big surprises.
    Go Big East. I will be rooting for all of you when you play the ACC. Show them they are the lowest of the conferences, not you. That will get you more respect than anything else.

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