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Big East football has never been what the SEC is today. And now with West Virginia, the best program in the conference, departed, the Big East is lacking in the power department.
West Virginia was the power team in the Big East for years. Now, they reside in the Big 12. Unfortunately, the Big East has lost their top team, and the schools they have added in the realignment process won't be coming over for a few years. This makes the conference appear to be weaker than it normally would.
Luckily for Rutgers, this opens up the door to take charge in the Big East this season.
While quarterback Tedd Bridgewater and Louisville are the heavy favorite this season with B.J. Daniels and South Florida aren't far behind, Rutgers is in prime position to control the Big East themselves.
For USF, aside from battling Louisville and Rutgers, they also have to deal with powerhouse Florida State in the first part of the season. Florida State is loaded and could easily dominate the Bulls in their contest, putting USF in a hole early.
Louisville does not possess the same problem as they have no current top 25 schools on their schedule.
Although Louisville looks poised to take the conference, Rutgers should be right behind them all season long. There won't be many other teams that have a logical chance at the Big East crown.
Louisville, USF and Rutgers have the best chance at taking it home, leaving a essential triple threat match for the Big East Championship.