2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... Big East
West Virginia RB Noel Devine
West Virginia RB Noel Devine
Posted Feb 11, 2010

The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - The Big East

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Big East Teams

CFN 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

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21. West Virginia
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 21
West Virginia recruits about as well as any other Big East school, which will be a boon to head coach Bill Stewart. The competition at quarterback begins with freshman Geno Smith, who benefited most when Jarrett Brown was injured. The Mountaineers get RB Noel Devine back, and now the program has its feature runner to go along with star target Jock Sanders. However, if head coach Bill Stewart can’t bring a title back to Morgantown in his third year, the locals could start getting a little antsy.

31. Pitt
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 14
Like every program, there’ll be holes that need to be filled, but as long as Dave Wannstedt keeps recruiting well and Dion Lewis keeps running, Pitt is in good shape. Both lines used plenty of seniors, so they’ll get extra attention when the team reconvenes in the spring. Most of the headlines at that time will focus on the replacement for QB Bill Stull, who exceeded all expectations as a senior. Tino Sunseri has the early edge, but he could get challenged by veteran Pat Bostick.

35. Cincinnati
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 6
Now what? Brian Kelly was the architect of Cincinnati’s recent ascent, but now that he’s in South Bend, it’s a lot to ask for the program to continue to keep up the success at the same rate. Replacing him will be Butch Jones, who like Kelly also succeeded him at Central Michigan. His challenging goal of keeping the program on the rails and in the national conscience will be aided by the half-year of experience QB Zach Collaros received last fall.

36. Rutgers
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 32
If Cincinnati suffers a setback from the departure of Brian Kelly, the Big East will once again be up for grabs. The Scarlet Knights hope to be in a position to take advantage. The offense is in good hands with QB Tom Savage, who should be even better in his second year. Greg Schiano’s priority will be retooling a defense that’s losing five key regulars to graduation.

37. Connecticut
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 36
After three consecutive winning seasons and bowl games, Randy Edsall has positioned the Huskies to keep those trends going and avoid prolonged rebuilding periods. RB Jordan Todman returns, as does QB Zach Frazer, who started looking comfortable in the system as the season wound down. Even without leading pass rusher Lindsey Witten, the front seven ought to be fantastic, especially with the return of linebackers Lawrence Wilson, Greg Lloyd, and Scott Lutrus.

61. South Florida
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 50
In terms of 2010, the Bulls caught a break that QB B.J. Daniels got a full season of reps. He has the skill set of a future star. He’ll be helped if Mike Ford can run the way he did in Toronto, gashing Northern Illinois for more than 200 yards in the International Bowl. The defense will likely endure some serious growing pains, especially after star DE Jean Pierre-Paul decided to bolt for the NFL and left South Florida with just a couple of returning starters.

66. Syracuse
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 79
Now that the awkward transition period is in the rear view mirror, head coach Doug Marrone should be able to build on the ground level that was framed in 2009. Both sides of the ball will be returning enough starters and lettermen to avoid a regression, especially with another recruiting class set to hit campus. Ryan Nassib is expected to take over at quarterback, where he’ll be joined in the backfield by 1,000-yard rusher Delone Carter.

80. Louisville
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 86
There’s absolutely no reason this program can’t once again be where Cincinnati, Pitt, and West Virginia are today. It’s just going to take time to build everything back up, especially with mediocre personnel for new head man Charlie Strong to work with. Long considered one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators and an ace recruiter, he brought in a terrific class this year and appears to have things pointed in the right direction. Strong will have access to one dynamic playmaker that Steve Kragthorpe saw sparingly last fall—RB Victor Anderson. The Cardinals best offensive weapon, he was injured for most of 2009, but will be 100% in time to be the workhorse for the new staff.

No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC