2011 Big East Football: Will West Virginia, Pittsburgh Win the League This Fall?

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2011 Big East Football: Will West Virginia, Pittsburgh Win the League This Fall?
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Will Geno Smith lead the Mountaineers back to the top of the Big East in 2011?

After a rough 2010, the league will need to have a major bounce back season before the inclusion of TCU, growing the membership to nine in 2012.

In this offseason, there have been many changes throughout the programs from loss of major players to the coaching carousel running at full steam since the season ended a couple weeks ago.

In Morgantown, the addition of Dana Holgorsen to the coaching staff as coach in waiting under Bill Stewart will bring the Mountaineer offense back to what it used to be in the Rich Rodriguez days after multiple years of poor production.

While just north of West Virginia, the Pittsburgh Panthers will hope to the hiring of Todd Graham leads to better results after the Dave Wannstedt era in addition to the hiring and subsequent firing of Mike Haywood after an arrest for domestic violence in Indiana in December.

After a successful run in Raleigh at East Carolina, Skip Holtz took over USF with great results in his first year at the reins in Tampa but the play making ability of B.J. Daniels can't hurt much when the quarterback returns this season for his junior season.

After a loss to Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl, former Connecticut coach Randy Edsall left Hartford for the then vacant head coaching job in Maryland, where he will take over the ACC program that forced out successful coach Ralph Friedgen after a 10-year tenure as head coach.

For the up-and-coming teams of the league, Syracuse and Louisville have made steps away from their rough years as new coaches Doug Marrone and Charlie Strong have their respective programs back on the track to prominence in the Big East after good campaigns in 2010.

In a negative turn, Rutgers and Cincinnati have went away from their success in the late 2000s of nine or more win seasons to dropping to the back of the pack in the Big East after difficulties in recruiting and injuries in addition to coaching changes in the Queen City.

With that being said, let's get to the predictions for the upcoming season of Big East football later this year.

 

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