Yesterday the Big East held their Media Day in which the writers picked who they would finish atop the conference this year. It should come as no surprise that the West Virginia Mountaineers were picked to finish first by 22 of the 24 writers attending, with South Florida and Pittsburgh garnering the other two votes. The rest of the conference shook out as follows:
1. West Virginia (22) 189
2. USF (1) 149
3. Pittsburgh (1) 128
4. Rutgers 110
5. Cincinnati 98
6. Connecticut 97
7. Louisville 69
8. Syracuse 24
I think the real wildcard of the Big East is going to be Pittsburgh. The Panthers have the potential
to contend for a conference crown, but in my mind their offensive line is still a bit of a question mark. Then you have USF, who lost their starting two cornerbacks, and it will be interesting to see if they can still play aggressive, blitzing defense losing those two guys.
You have to feel a bit bad for Syracuse, I know I did especially when I talked to Sean Keeley
in the Big East Preview Podcast
. The Orange are 45 points behind their next highest contender.
All in all I believe that the Media did put a bit of a shaft on Rutgers. I think this team has the potential to be very explosive offensively with wide receivers Underwood and Britt. And we know that on the defensive side of the ball Greg Schiano will have this team prepared.