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2011 CFN Midseason Big East Rundown
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011


The top players, games, surprises and disappointments of the first half of the Big East season.

2011 Big East Midseason Roundup

2011 Midseason Roundups All-America Team | ACC | Big Ten | Big East | Big 12
CUSA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

Big East Roundups Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5
Week 6 | Week 7 

 


Cincinnati
2011 Prediction: 8-4
2011 Record: 5-1
Oct. 22 at USF L
Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 at Pitt W
Nov. 12 West Virginia L
Nov. 19 at Rutgers L
Nov. 26 at Syracuse W
Dec. 3 Connecticut W
 
Connecticut

2011 Prediction: 4-8
2011 Record: 3-4
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Pitt L
Nov. 5 Syracuse L
Nov. 12 OPEN DATE
Nov. 19 Louisville W
Nov. 26 Rutgers L
Dec. 3 at Cincinnati L

Louisville

2011 Prediction: 3-9
2011 Record: 2-4
Oct. 21 Rutgers W
Oct. 29 Syracuse L
Nov. 5 at West Virginia L
Nov. 12 Pitt L
Nov. 19 at Connecticut L
Nov. 25 at USF L  

Pitt

2011 Prediction: 6-6
2011 Record: 3-4
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 Connecticut W
Nov. 5 Cincinnati L
Nov. 12 at Louisville W
Nov. 19 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 at West Virginia L
Dec. 3 Syracuse W

Rutgers

2011 Prediction: 8-4
2011 Record: 5-1
Oct. 21 at Louisville L
Oct. 29 West Virginia L
Nov. 5 USF W
Nov. 12 at Army (in NYC) W
Nov. 19 Cincinnati W
Nov. 26 at Connecticut W

South Florida

2011 Prediction: 7-5
2011 Record: 4-2
Oct. 22 Cincinnati W
Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 at Rutgers L
Nov. 11 at Syracuse L
Nov. 19 Miami W
Nov. 25 Louisville W
Dec. 1 West Virginia L

Syracuse

2011 Prediction: 7-5
2011 Record: 4-2
Oct. 22 West Virginia L
Oct. 29 at Louisville W
Nov. 5 at Connecticut W
Nov. 11 USF W
Nov. 19 Cincinnati L
Nov. 26 OPEN DATE
Dec. 3 at Pitt L

West Virginia

2011 Prediction:: 11-1 
2011 Record:
5-1
Oct. 22 at Syracuse W
Oct. 29 at Rutgers W
Nov. 5 Louisville W
Nov. 12 at Cincinnati W
Nov. 19 OPEN DATE
Nov. 25 Pitt W
Dec. 1 at USF W
Offensive Player of the Midseason
Ray Graham, RB Pittsburgh

Defensive Player of the Midseason
Kendall Reyes, DT Connecticut

2011 Midseason Offense

QB - Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia
RB - Ray Graham, Jr. Pitt
RB - Isaiah Pead, Sr. Cincinnati
WR – Tavon Austin, Jr. West Virginia
WR – Mohamen Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
TE - Nick Provo, Sr. Syracuse
OL - Don Barclay, Sr. West Virginia
OL - Moe Petrus, Sr. Connecticut
OL - Justin Pugh, Soph. Syracuse
OL - Mike Ryan, Sr. Connecticut
OL - Jeremiah Warren, Sr. USF
PK – Tyler Bitancurt, Sr. West Virginia
KR – Buddy Jackson, Sr. Pitt

2011 Midseason Defense
DL - Chas Alecxih, Sr. Pitt
DL - Bruce Irvin, Sr. West Virginia
DL - Kendall Reyes, Sr. Connecticut
DL - Derek Wolfe, Sr. Cincinnati
LB - Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
LB – Max Gruter, Sr. Pitt
LB – Dexter Heyman, Sr. Louisville
DB – Duron Harmon, Jr. Rutgers
DB - Logan Ryan, Soph. Rutgers
DB - Keith Tandy, Sr. West Virginia
DB – Phillip Thomas, Jr. Syracuse
P – Pat O’Donnell, Soph. Cincinnati
PR – Tavon Austin, Jr. West Virginia
 
Ten Best Big East Players of the Midseason

1. RB Ray Graham, Jr. Pittsburgh
2. QB Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia
3. QB Zach Collaros, Sr. Cincinnati
4. RB Isaiah Pead, Sr. Cincinnati
5. DT Kendall Reyes, Sr. Connecticut
6. CB Keith Tandy, Sr. West Virginia
7. WR Tavon Austin, Jr. West Virginia
8. WR Mohamed Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
9. LB Sio Moore, Jr. Connecticut
10. LB Dexter Heyman, Sr. Louisville

3 Biggest Surprises

1. Rutgers
2. The Cincinnati Defense
3. West Virginia RB Dustin Garrison

3 Biggest Disappointments

1. Connecticut
2. West Virginia DE Bruce Irvin
3. The Pittsburgh O-line

The Big East Champion Will Be ... West Virginia

Best Game of the First Half
Sept. 24 - Syracuse 33, Toledo 30 OT

Worst Game of the First Half
Sept. 3 – Cincinnati 72, Austin Peay 10

Coach of the Midseason
Greg Schiano, Rutgers

Best Performance So Far
Pitt RB Ray Graham exploding for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries to lead the Panthers to a rousing 44-17 upset of South Florida in front of a Thursday night national TV audience.

Top Freshman
Lyle McCombs, RB Connecticut

3 Big Calls For The Second Half
1. Connecticut QB Johnny McEntee will finish the year ranked among the league’s top performers in passing efficiency.
2. Now that rookie RB Dustin Garrison is providing some punch on the ground, West Virginia’s offense is going to approach Mach speed in head coach Dana Holgorsen’s first year at the controls.
3. The Big East will finally go on the offensive, inviting at least three programs to join the league beginning in 2012.

Best Remaining Conference Game
West Virginia at South Florida, Dec. 1

Week 7 Game Recaps & Analysis
Louisville at Cincinnati
South Florida at Connecticut
Rice at Marshall
Utah at Pittsburgh Navy at Rutgers

Week 6 Game Recaps & Analysis  
Louisville at North Carolina
Connecticut at West Virginia
Pitt at Rutgers
Syracuse at Tulane

Week 5 Game Recaps & Analysis
USF at Pittsburgh
Rutgers at Syracuse
Bowling Green at West Virginia
Western Michigan at Connecticut
Marshall at Louisville
Cincinnati at Miami University

Week 4 Game Recaps & Analysis
- NC State at Cincinnati
- Connecticut at Buffalo
- Toledo at Syracuse
- Notre Dame at Pitt
- Ohio at Rutgers
- UTEP at South Florida
- LSU at West Virginia

Week 3 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Iowa State at Connecticut
- Pitt at Iowa
- West Virginia at Maryland
- Akron at Cincinnati
- Syracuse at USC
- Louisville at Kentucky
- Florida A&M at South Florida

Week 2 Game Recaps & Analysis
- FIU at Louisville -4
- Rutgers at North Carolina -10.5
- Maine at Pitt
- Rhode Island at Syracuse
- Norfolk State at West Virginia
- Ball State at South Florida -20
- Cincinnati at Tennessee -6.5
- Connecticut -1 at Vanderbilt

Week 1 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Murray State at Louisville
- Fordham at Connecticut  
- NC Central at Rutgers
- Wake Forest at Syracuse
- South Florida at Notre Dame
- Buffalo at Pitt
- Austin Peay at Cincinnati
- Marshall at West Virginia