Big East Outlook

Miami Hurricanes Record: 3-0 (2-0 in Big East) Remaining schedule: Saturday. Troy State. Oct. 25 – West Virginia. Oct. 13 – @Florida State. Oct. 25 – West Virginia. Nov. 3 – Temple. Nov. 10 –

Miami Hurricanes

Record: 3-0 (2-0 in Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. Troy State.
Oct. 25 – West Virginia.
Oct. 13 – @Florida State.
Oct. 25 – West Virginia.
Nov. 3 – Temple.
Nov. 10 – @Boston College.
Nov. 17 – @Syracuse.
Nov. 24 – Washington.
Dec. 1 – @Virginia Tech.

Key Players:
QB Ken Dorsey: 52-84-867 passing – 6 TD – 3 INT
RB Clinton Portis: 55-362 rushing – 6.3 avg. – 4 TD
WR Andre Johnson: 10-215 receiving – 2 TD

When you are the number-one team in the country and have a Heisman candidate as your quarterback, and you have disposed of your opponents by a total of 137-28, saying you have a good chance is easy. A team that went 11-1 (7-0 Big East) last season looks for the prize that eluded them last season. They are the favorites to win the Big East, and should easily, but the key to their national title hopes will be the rescheduled game against Washington and the final game against Big East rival Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Hokies

Record: 4-0 (1-0 in Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. @West Virginia.
Oct. 13. Boston College.
Oct. 27. Syracuse.
Nov. 3. @Pittsburgh.
Nov. 10.@Temple.
Nov. 17. @Virginia.
Dec. 1. Miami.

Key Players:
QB Grant Noel: 61-92-745 passing – 8 TD – 0 INT
RB Keith Burnell: 63-312 rushing – 4.8 avg. – 6 TD
WR Andre Davis: 13-174 receiving – 2 TD
LB Ben Taylor: 31 tackles – 6 for a loss – 1 sack

Outlook: The biggest threat preventing Miami from repeating as Big East Champions has to be the Hokies. Even after losing top NFL pick, QB Michael Vick, as well as running back Lee Suggs, for the year, in the first game due to injury, this team is poised to make that last game with Miami a big one. Ranked sixth in the country, at the start of the Big East schedule, the arm of Noel will get the Hokies easily to a big-time bowl.

Boston College Eagles

Record: 3-1 (1-0 in the Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. Temple.
Oct. 13. @Virginia Tech.
Oct. 20. Pittsburgh.
Oct. 27. Notre Dame.
Nov. 10. Miami.
Nov. 17. @Rutgers.
Nov. 24. @Syracuse.

Key Players:
QB Brian St Pierre: 63-114-758 passing – 10 TD – 3 INT
RB William Green: 115-645 rushing -5.2 avg. – 5 TD
WR Dedrick Dewalt: 18-227 receiving – 2 TD
DE Antonio Garay: 28 tackles – 4 for loss – 2 sacks

Outlook: With a big win in the first game against conference rival West Virginia, Boston College has to be a favorite to capture a Big East bowl bid. B.C. went 6-5 (3-4 in Big East) last season and won convincingly over Arizona State, 31-17. The offense is a well-rounded unit that has scored 30 or more points in three of their first four games. Green has already gained 645 yards, including a 204-yard out-put against West Virginia.

Syracuse Orangemen

Record: 3-2 (0-0 in the Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. @Rutgers.
Oct. 13. @Pittsburgh.
Oct. 20. Temple.
Oct. 27. @Virginia Tech.
Nov. 10. West Virginia.
Nov. 17. @Miami.
Nov. 24. Boston College.

Key Players:
QB Troy Nunes: 48-89-637 passing – 4 TD – 5 INT
RB James Mungro: 102-492 rushing – 4.6 avg. – 6 TD
WR David Tyree: 12-157 receiving – 0 TD
DE Dwight Freeney: 26 tackles – 16 for loss – 10 sacks

Outlook: The only other team other then Temple that hasn’t started their Big East Schedule, the Orangemen look to improve on their 6-5 (4-3 Big East) record. Mungro will be heavily used in the offense, while Freeney, the conference sacks leader last year, already has 10 sacks.

West Virginia Mountaineers

Record: 2-2 (0-1 in the Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. Virginia Tech.
Oct. 13. @Notre Dame.
Oct. 25. @Miami.
Nov. 3. Rutgers.
Nov. 10. @Syracuse.
Nov. 17. Temple.
Nov. 24. Pittsburgh.

Key Players:
QB Brad Lewis: 88-144-882 passing – 3 TD – 6 INT
RB Avon Coburne: 120- 558 rusing – 4 TD
WR Antonio Brown: 19-228 receiving – 1 TD

Outlook: This team did make a bowl last year, winning 49-38 against Mississippi in the Music City Bowl. They finished 7-5 (3-4 Big East) and return starting QB Brad Lewis who will have Coburne as his number-one threat. Despite an early loss to an improved Boston College team, West Virginia could compete for a lower-tier bowl bid this year.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Record: 1-2 (0-1 in the Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday @Notre Dame.
Oct. 13. Syracuse.
Oct. 20. @Boston College.
Oct. 27. @Temple.
Nov. 3. Virginia Tech.
Nov. 13. @Rutgers.
Nov. 24. @West Virginia.
Dec. 1. UAB.

Key Players:
QB David Priestley: 53-83-552 passing – 4 TD – 1 INT
RB Raymond Kirkley: 47-219 rushing 4.1 avg. – 2 TD
WR Antonio Bryant 3-39 receiving

Outlook: Another one of those teams that surprisingly made a bowl game last year, Pitt finished 7-5 (3-4 Big East) but will be missing their starting quarterback and running back from last year’s squad. After getting hammered by Miami this week-which will happen to a lot of teams this season- this Pittsburgh team could contend for one of those undecided last Big East bowl bids. Bryant was the top receiver in the nation last year but has been affected by injury this year.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Record: 1-3 (0-2 in the Big East)

Remaining schedule:
Saturday. Syracuse.
Oct. 13. @Temple.
Oct. 20. Navy.
Nov. 3. @West Virginia.
Nov. 10. Pittsburgh.
Nov. 17. Boston College.
Nov. 23. California.

Key Players:
QB Ryan Cubit: 40-91-391 passing – 4 TD – 8 INT
RB Denis Thomas: 51-238 rushing – 1 TD

Outlook: Will Rutgers win a Big East game this year?

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