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This week the college football magazines are hitting the news stands with their preseason predictions. So, this we asked our Big East bloggers:
What team is your preseason pick to win the 2012 Big East football championship?
Survey said …
As much as I want to be a homer and pick Cincinnati I can't. UC winning the Big East again would mean the Bearcats getting a ton of breaks to go their way this year and I can't reasonably expect that to happen this season or really in any season. Which brings us to Louisville. I think they are the most likely pick and with good reason. they bring back a ton of talent on defense and have some solid pieces on offense to work with. The Cards are the safe pick
Without West Virginia, the Big East is left with it's usually group of teams that may or may not be good, but we won't know until they actually step on the field. One early season favorite is sure to disappoint and one team picked to finish near the bottom of the conference is sure to end up with 8-9 wins.
If I'm going out on a limp with one team, I'm going to go with Louisville. Charlie Strong is a helluva coach and, in theory, they've got the talent to win right now. They've also got a relatively easy schedule right off the bat as well as home games against USF and Cincy. The odds are in their favor.
I'm going with Louisville. I think they have the best coach, they have a stockpile of talent, and they might be the only team in the league that has any forward momentum. They also have a pretty friendly conference schedule, with four home games, and both USF and Cincinnati both visiting Louisville.
The Big East reeks of parity. With the exception of Temple, it’s conceivable any team could claim the championship. I expect Rutgers to do well but the coaching change will have an impact there, as it will in Pittsburgh. Ultimately, I see it between South Florida and Louisville and I’ll go with the Bulls due to experience and schedule.
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