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2005 SCS.com College Football Preview
2005 BIG EAST FOOTBALL PREVIEW
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August 1, 2005

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PROJECTED STANDINGS TEAM PREVIEWS
CAN'T MISS GAMES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

PROJECTED STANDINGS

TEAM BIG EAST OVERALL
Louisville 7-0 11-0
Pittsburgh 5-2 8-3
West Virginia 5-2 7-4
South Florida 3-4 5-6
Syracuse 3-4 4-7
Connecticut 2-5 5-6
Rutgers 2-5 5-6
Cincinnati 1-6 3-8

TEAM PREVIEWS

SCS.com LOUISVILLE
Last Season: 11-1 / 8-0
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 5 defense
Projected wins: at KY, ORST, at USF, FAU, NC, at CIN, RUT, SYR, at CONN
Projected losses: (none)
Toss-Ups: at WVU, PITT
PROJECTED RECORD: 11-0 / 7-0
BOTTOM LINE: Brian Brohm takes over for Stefan LeFors at QB, so don't look for much drop-off there. Six more offensive starters return as well, including three WRs and RB Michael Bush. Every game is winnable.

SCS.com PITTSBURGH
Last Season: 8-4 / 4-2
Starters Returning: 9 offense, 7 defense
Projected wins: at Ohio, Y'Town St, at RUT, CIN, USF, SYR, CONN
Projected losses: at LOU
Toss-Ups: ND, at NEB, at WVA
PROJECTED RECORD: 8-3 / 5-2
BOTTOM LINE: Tyler Palko emerged as a big-time QB late last season, but the Panthers have a new head coach in charge. Still, sixteen starters are back from a team that won six of their final eight games in 2004.

SCS.com WEST VIRGINIA
Last Season: 8-4 / 4-2
Starters Returning: 4 offense, 5 defense
Projected wins: Wofford, ECU, at RUT, at USF, CONN, at CIN
Projected losses: VT, LOU
Toss-Ups: at SYR, at MD, PITT
PROJECTED RECORD: 7-4 / 5-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Mountaineers missed their chance to make a BCS run in 2004, and now just nine starters return from a year ago. Star players like Rasheed Marshall, Chris Henry, and Pac-Man Jones have all left town.

SCS.com SOUTH FLORIDA
Last Season: 4-7 / 3-5
Starters Returning: 8 offense, 9 defense
Projected wins: FAMU, UCF, CIN
Projected losses: at PSU, LOU, at MIA, at PITT
Toss-Ups: WVU, at RUT, at SYR, at CONN
PROJECTED RECORD: 5-6 / 3-4
BOTTOM LINE: The Bulls won only four games a year ago but return seventeen starters in 2005. If USF can win road games at places like Connecticut and Rutgers, six wins is a definite possibility.

SCS.com SYRACUSE
Last Season: 6-6 / 4-2
Starters Returning: 5 offense, 9 defense
Projected wins: BUF, RUT, CIN
Projected losses: VA, at FSU, at PITT, at ND, at LOU
Toss-Ups: WVU, at CONN, USF
PROJECTED RECORD: 4-7 / 3-4
BOTTOM LINE: The Orange trounced BC to end the regular season but dropped a bowl game and then their coach. New head man Greg Robinson takes over and faces a brutal first-year non-conference schedule.

SCS.com CONNECTICUT
Last Season: 8-4 / 3-3
Starters Returning: 5 offense, 7 defense
Projected wins: BUF, Liberty, at Army
Projected losses: at GT, at WVU, at PITT, LOU
Toss-Ups: SYR, at CIN, RUT, USF
PROJECTED RECORD: 5-6 / 2-5
BOTTOM LINE: UConn was impressive in 2004, winning eight games and going .500 in league play. A dozen starters are back, including RBs Terry Caulley and Cornell Brockington, but QB Dan Orlovsky must be replaced.

SCS.com RUTGERS
Last Season: 4-7 / 1-5
Starters Returning: 9 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: NOVA, at BUF, CIN
Projected losses: PITT, WVU, at LOU
Toss-Ups: at ILL, at SYR, at CONN, Navy, USF
PROJECTED RECORD: 5-6 / 2-5
BOTTOM LINE: The Scarlet Knights have a chance to make some noise in 2005. Seventeen starters are back from a year ago, but that team won just four games. Defending the home turf is crucial.

SCS.com CINCINNATI
Last Season: 7-5 / 5-3
Starters Returning: 3 offense, 3 defense
Projected wins: EMU, WCU
Projected losses: at PSU, at MIA(OH), at PITT, LOU, at SYR, WVU, at USF, at RUT
Toss-Ups: CONN
PROJECTED RECORD: 3-8 / 1-6
BOTTOM LINE: The Bearcats had good success in 2004, a season that wrapped up their CUSA years and the years of star QB Gino Guidugli. Approaching the .500 mark will be tough for head coach Mark Dantonio.

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FIVE CAN'T MISS GAMES

November 3 Pittsburgh at Louisville
October 15 Louisville at West Virginia
November 24 Pittsburgh at West Virginia
September 30 Pittsburgh at Rutgers
September 17 Oregon State at Louisville

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

OFFENSE
OL Travis Leffew SR Louisville
OL Dan Mozes JR West Virginia
OL Jason Spitz SR Louisville
OL Steve Franklin SR Syracuse
OL Charles Spencer SR Pittsburgh
RB Cornell Brockington JR Connecticut
RB Andre Hall SR South Florida
WR Greg Lee JR Pittsburgh
WR Tres Moses SR Rutgers
TE Clark Harris JR Rutgers
QB Tyler Palko JR Pittsburgh
DEFENSE
DL Elvis Dumervil SR Louisville
DL Keilen Dykes SO West Virginia
DL James Wyche SR Syracuse
DL Ryan Neill SR Rutgers
LB H.B. Blades JR Pittsburgh
LB Brandon Johnson SR Louisville
LB Stephen Nicholas JR South Florida
DB Jahmile Addae SR West Virginia
DB Josh Lay SR Pittsburgh
DB Mike Lorello SR West Virginia
DB Anthony Smith SR Syracuse
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Josh Cummings SR Pittsburgh
P Adam Graessle JR Pittsburgh
AP Montrell Jones SR Louisville

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