Big East Football: Predicting How 2011 Will Play Out

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIApril 9, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 20:  Geno Smith#12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs with the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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2011 is not the big year for the Big East. 2012 is what the conference is looking forward to as TCU will join the conference to expand the television base (Does TCU have a television base?) and improve the competitive level of the conference.

That said, the league will still play games in 2011 and someone will earn the automatic BCS bid the conference probably does not deserve.

Before our predictions for how the teams will finish in 2011 here are a few Big East facts:

  • Six Big East teams qualified for Bowl games last season. Louisville, South Florida, Syracuse and Pitt brought home wins
  • The Big East had eighteen players taken in last year’s NFL draft
  • Four Big East running backs finished in the top 25 for rushing among all FBS running backs in 2010

Now, on to the predictions for Big East football in 2011.

  1. West Virginia
  2. Pitt
  3. Louisville
  4. South Florida
  5. UConn
  6. Syracuse
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Rutgers

West Virginia will take home the conference title and the automatic BCS bowl bid.

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