>> Monday, July 13, 2009
The Big East has seen the likes of Louisville, South Florida and Pittsburgh attempt to rise to the forefront of the conference over the last several seasons to help join West Virginia in an attempt to change the mediocre perception of the conference. Many argue whether the conference is worthy of the BCS bid they receive, but they have shown the ability to be competitive and even win during their BCS match-ups. There are several teams in the conference whom have the ability, at least on paper, to put together a successful season and provide a tough matchup for another BCS team.
Pittsburgh, West Virginia and South Florida all have talent on both sides of the ball and appear to be the favorites to vie for the conference crown. The question is, which team can manage to beat the other two teams and remain unscathed within conference play.
1a. West Virginia
1b. South Florida