2012 Big East Football Projections

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Now just 15 days from the beginning of college football, its time to unveil the 2012 Big East Conference projections! On Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM EST, on ESPN3, the Massachusetts Minutemen play their first game at the FBS level, traveling to Connecticut to take on the Huskies. On Friday, August 31at 7:00 PM EST, on ESPN3, the Mayor’s Cup takes place, with the Temple Owls hosting FCS Villanova Wildcats.

 

On Saturday, four more Big East teams are in action, with the Syracuse Orange hosting the Northwestern Wildcats at noon on ESPN2. The Pittsburgh Panthers host FCS Youngstown State Penguins at 6:00 PM EST on ESPN3. The South Florida Bulls have high hopes for the 2012 season, opening with FCS Chattanooga Mocs at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN3. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, now led by Kyle Flood, will travel to New Orleans to take on the Tulane Green Wave at 8:00 PM EST. On Sunday, the Governor’s Cup is on the line, with the Louisville Cardinals playing host to the Kentucky Wildcats at 3:30 PM EST on ESPN. Kentucky leads the series 14-10, but Louisville won last year’s meeting.

Projected

Team

Overall

Conference

1

South Florida

(10-2)

(7-0)

2t

Pittsburgh

(8-4)

(5-2)

2t

Louisville

(9-3)

(5-2)

4

Cincinnati

(8-4)

(4-3)

5

Rutgers

(7-5)

(3-4)

6t

Syracuse

(4-8)

(2-5)

6t

Connecticut

(4-8)

(2-5)

8

Temple

(2-9)

(0-7)

 

Meet the favorites . . .

 

(1) South Florida Bulls

Skip Holtz built East Carolina’s program prior to heading to Tampa to pick up where Jim Leavitt left off. USF’s second season under Holtz was one to forget – the Bulls started off by beating Notre Dame, Ball State, Florida A&M, and UTEP, achieving a top 25 ranking of 14 by September 29th. Then the bottom fell out, with the Bulls losing seven of their next eight, only beating Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. USF was 1-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less last season, and 1-6 in games decided by 10 points or less. USF is ripe for improvement, and hosting Pittsburgh and Rutgers helps.

 

(2) Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh has had 5 coaches since the 2010 season. The Panthers had a pro-style offense under Dave Wannstedt, who resigned during the 2010 season. They switched to a spread/High Octane Offense last year, under Todd Graham. The Panthers saw a decline in win total last year, and Graham left for Arizona State. Expect new head coach Paul Chryst to return to a pro-style offense, which was run at Wisconsin, where he served as offensive coordinator. The schedule sets up well for Pittsburgh to top their win total from last season, especially with three of their first four at home.

 

(3) Louisville Cardinals

If you read my team preview of the Cardinals, you would know I was very high on them and Coach Charlie Strong. I feel like Louisville is a program on the rise, contrasted with their in-state rival, Kentucky, which is a program on the decline. The record was the same each of Strong’s first two seasons, 7-6, but the conference standing improved, going from a tie for fifth to a tie for first last season. QB Teddy Bridgewater returns – experience should be great for his development. Defense has been the strength of the Louisville program and should continue to be. So why has Louisville slid in my projections? Simply put, the loss of WR Michaelee Harris is a huge loss. The passing game loses a big piece with Harris’s torn ACL. Playing Pittsburgh, USF, and Cincinnati on back-to-back-to-back weeks doesn’t help, either.

 

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