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Cincinnati | Connecticut
Cincinnati Click for the Lookback &
The last time Butch Jones followed Brian Kelly at a job, things worked out just fine at Central Michigan. He’ll feature an offense that’ll keep the Bearcats cranking and maximize the myriad talents of athletic QB Zach Collaros. Plus, Armon Binns, DJ Woods, and USC transfer Vidal Hazelton are around to bolster the receiving corps, and Isaiah Pead is one of the most exciting running backs in the Big East. The output may take a dip, but not as much as many are anticipating.
Connecticut Click for the Lookback &
Winners of four straight games, including the bowl game over South Carolina, the Huskies will begin the 2010 season with the wind at their back. As confident as it’s ever been, the program has Randy Edsall back on the sidelines and a bunch of returning starters on both sides of the ball. The backfield has an underrated star in RB Jordan Todman and QB Zach Frazer started coming into his own as the season wound down. The defense will boast one of the Big East’s best collections of linebackers.
Louisville Click for the Lookback &
The Steve Kragthorpe era is over. It was a foregone conclusion after Bobby Petrino’s successor flopped, but now that Charlie Strong is at the controls, the program can officially turn the page and move on. Strong will have access to one dynamic playmaker that 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.
Pittsburgh Click for the Lookback &
Yeah, there are holes, like everyone, but when your best offensive and defensive players are back, there’s a foundation to build toward a championship run. In RB Dion Lewis, the Panthers have a legitimate Heisman contender and one of the premier runners in the country. In his first season out of high school, he finished third nationally with 1,799 yards in the ground, portending a prolific future. Pitt got a big break when DE Greg Romeus decided to return to school for his senior season. One of the Big East’s best pass rushers, he joins Jabaal Sheard to give the program a dynamite bookend up front.
Rutgers Click for the Lookback &
The Scarlet Knights won nine games a year ago with a true freshman at quarterback, a sophomore as the leading rusher, and a versatile true freshman wide receiver. Now that Tom Savage, Joe Martinek, and Mohamed Sanu are all a year older, the offense has the ingredients to be markedly improved from a season ago. Savage looked good in his debut as the most decorated quarterback to ever sign with Rutgers, and Sanu finished with a flurry, catching passes and operating out of the wildcat package.
Florida Click for the Lookback &
The Bulls had hit a wall under Jim Leavitt. Now that Skip Holtz has been hired away from East Carolina, they’ve got a head coach, who knows how to win championships and bring the best out of a program. One of the first things Holtz will notice is that his offense has plenty of upside potential. The entire starting offensive line is back, powerful RB Mike Ford is coming off a breakout game in the International Bowl, and dual-threat QB B.J. Daniels got almost a full season of experience after Matt Grothe suffered a season-ending injury.
Syracuse Click for the Lookback &
Although it wasn’t always evident in the box score, Doug Marrone had a positive impact on the Orange in his first season with the school. Now that the transition year is behind him, he can go about the business of getting Syracuse closer to bowl eligibility. RB Delone Carter returns for one final season to provide a spark on offense. The defense, which exceeded expectations last fall, is chock full of returning starters, including the dynamic linebacker tandem of Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue.
Virginia Click for the Lookback &
The Mountaineers lose very little from last year’s 9-4 team. Even star RB Noel Devine and playmaking WR Jock Sanders will be back in Morgantown after giving strong consideration to turning pro early. The offense loses only three starters. The defense will be without just a pair. The line play on both sides of the ball ought to be fantastic, with Josh Jenkins and Don Barclay starring on offense, and Julian Miller, Chris Neild, and Scooter Berry manning the defense.