2009 Big East Projections (All 68 Games)

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2009 Big East Projections (All 68 Games)
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There's no Big East team that is dominant this year. Also, Syracuse and Louisville aren't that bad comparatively. Cincinnati has a fantastic Throwing game and good Running game. However their Defense is unproven. South Florida's Throwing Game and Defense is awesome but their Running game is unproven. West Virginia has the best Running, Throwing and Defense, but their Offensive Line is unproven. Rutgers has the best Offensive Line, but their throwing game is unproven. No one knows if Pitt's QB is going to throw a touch down, and if Connecticut's Throwing game is unproven. If you look below, you'll see that Louisville and Syracuse have decent rankings compared to the rest of the league.

Team Throwing Game Defense Running Game Total Points
Cincinnati 10/10 1/5 7/10 18
South Florida 10/10 4/5 2/10 16
West Virginia 10/10 5/5 7/10 22
Rutgers 5/10 3/5 8/10 16
Pittsburgh 8/10 4/5 7/10 19
Connecticut 4/10 4/5 8/10 16
Louisville 6/10 1/5 7/10 14
Syracuse 6/10 3/5 4/10 13

 

I came up with these based upon returning starters, the number of players on the All Big East Team, ESPN hype, numbers put up in high school and of course experience. Any of these teams can improve in any of their one or two (Louisville and Syracuse) areas and emerge to represent the Big East at the BCS.

Here are all 68 games and all my projections. I gave a team +2 points if it was a Home Game. These projections are based upon the above numbers. Bold = winning team.

  1. 9/05     Youngstown State @ Pittsburgh
  2. 9/05     Connecticut @ Ohio  
  3. 9/05     Liberty @ West Virginia       
  4. 9/05     Minnesota @ Syracuse
  5. 9/05     Wofford @ South Florida     
  6. 9/05     Indiana State @ Louisville
  7. 9/7       Cincinnati at Rutgers - Cinci needs more time for its defense to get acquainted and Rutgers new stadium and heavy Offensive Line is too much for Cinci
  8. 9/12     Pittsburgh @ Buffalo              
  9. 9/12     No. 21 North Carolina @ Connecticut          
  10. 9/12     East Carolina @ West Virginia
  11. 9/12     Howard at Rutgers
  12. 9/12     Southeast Missouri State at Cincinnati          
  13. 9/12     South Florida @ Western Kentucky
  14. 9/12     Syracuse @ No. 9 Penn State
  15. 9/19     Navy @ Pittsburgh    
  16. 9/19     Florida International at Rutgers
  17. 9/19     Cincinnati @ Oregon State
  18. 9/19     Charleston Southern @ South Florida
  19. 9/19     Northwestern @ Syracuse
  20. 9/19     West Virginia @ Auburn       
  21. 9/19     Connecticut @ Baylor           
  22. 9/19     Louisville @ Kentucky                                  
  23. 9/26     Rutgers at Maryland  
  24. 9/26     Fresno State at Cincinnati
  25. 9/26     South Florida @ No. 18 Florida State           
  26. 9/26     Maine @ Syracuse     
  27. 9/26     Rhode Island @ Connecticut
  28. 9/26     Pittsburgh @ North Carolina State
  29. 9/26     Louisville @ No. 19 Utah      
  30. 10/01   Colorado @ West Virginia
  31. 10/02   Pittsburgh @ Louisville                                                          
  32. 10/03   Cincinnati @ Miami (OH)     
  33. 10/03   South Florida @ Syracuse                                         
  34. 10/10   Texas Southern at Rutgers
  35. 10/10   West Virginia @ Syracuse     
  36. 10/10   Connecticut @ Pittsburgh     
  37. 10/10   Southern Miss @ Louisville                                       
  38. 10/15   Cincinnati @ South Florida - this is a tough game to call, but I'm going to assume that Cinci's defense comes together, while South Florida's Running game and Offensive line is shot.       
  39. 10/16   Pittsburgh at Rutgers
  40. 10/17   Marshall @ West Virginia     
  41. 10/17   Louisville @ Connecticut                              
  42. 10/23   Rutgers at Army        
  43. 10/24   Connecticut @ West Virginia            
  44. 10/24   Louisville at Cincinnati
  45. 10/24   South Florida @ Pittsburgh   
  46. 10/24   Akron @ Syracuse                             
  47. 10/30   West Virginia @ South Florida                                             
  48. 10/31   Rutgers at Connecticut
  49. 10/31   Cincinnati @ Syracuse
  50. 10/31   Arkansas State @ Louisville
  51. 11/07   Connecticut at Cincinnati                  
  52. 11/07   Syracuse @ Pittsburgh
  53. 11/07   Louisville @ West Virginia                                     
  54. 11/12   South Florida at Rutgers
  55. 11/13   West Virginia at Cincinnati   
  56. 11/14   Syracuse @ Louisville           
  57. 11/14   No. 23 Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh                                                     
  58. 11/21   Rutgers at Syracuse   
  59. 11/21   Louisville @ South Florida    
  60. 11/21   Connecticut @ No. 23 Notre Dame                          
  61. 11/27   Rutgers at Louisville
  62. 11/27   Illinois at Cincinnati   
  63. 11/27   Pittsburgh @ West Virginia   
  64. 11/28   Miami (FL) @ South Florida
  65. 11/28   Syracuse @ Connecticut
  66. 12/05   West Virginia at Rutgers
  67. 12/05   Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
  68. 12/05   South Florida @ Connecticut

THE WINS AND LOSSES:

Rutgers 9 wins/ 3 losses

Connecticut 8 wins/ 4 losses

West Virginia 12 wins/ 0 losses

Pittsburgh 11 wins/ 1 loss

Cincinnati 9 wins/ 3 losses

Louisville 5 wins/ 7 losses

Syracuse 3 wins/ 9 losses

South Florida 6 wins/ 6 losses

I know West Virginia isn't going undefeated, but based on the points, this is what happens.

In the post season, the Big East goes undefeated, Joe Paterno quits, Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College get demoted to the WAC, Rich Rodriguez gets fired and starts coaching a little league baseball team.

 

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