This has not exactly been a picture perfect season for the Big East Conference.
I look back at my preseason projections and realize…wow was I wrong about two teams.
Best Case Scenario- Tony Pike continues to be the answer at quarterback and runs up the score the next three weeks against
Worst Case Scenario- Tony Pike continues to look good until conference play begins and the pressure heats up. He struggles against the defenses of Uconn, South Florida and
My Forecast- I think Tony Pike continues to play well and use the great talent he has all around him. I think the defensive line gets better throughout the year (though never gets the consistent pass rush that Hoke and Craig were able to get). The Bearcats run the table at Nippert, including big wins over USF and Pitt, but lose a road game either at WVU or at
Best Case Scenario- South Florida avoids the inconsistency that killed them last season and has shown its face at times in games against
Worst Case Scenario- South Florida slips up before conference play and loses a road game at
My Forecast- I think South Florida and
Best Case Scenario- The Cardinals really have turned the corner since that debacle against
My Forecast- Louisville does begin to turn the corner, but still remains a relatively inconsistent team. They beat Uconn in a tough game Friday night to keep the momentum going. They are competitive in all their games, but ultimately lose 3 in the conference to finish 4-3.
Best Case Scenario- The Huskies continue to win close game after close game and show that last year’s co-championship was not a fluke. Big East fans on every message board are forced to eat crow. The Huskies take care of business in their next three including wins @ Louisville and @ North Carolina. They lose a tough game at South Florida and one home game to either
Worst Case Scenario- The breaks just do not go their way this season.
Best Case Scenario- Pittsburgh’s boring style of play works. Their running game is incredibly successful and helps the Panthers dominate the clock in Big East play. Pitt sweeps their home slate and loses two on the road (and also beats Notre Dame) to finish 9-3 and 5-2 in the Big East. Panther fans still think that Pitt underachieved as Pitt finishes behind
Worst Case Scenario- Pitt is still a reflection of the 5-7 team from a season ago. They get swept in their conference road games, lose at Notre Dame and lose one to Rutgers or
My Forecast- Pitt is better this year, but still not good enough to compete for a Big East title. They go 4-3 or 3-4 in the league, they beat Notre Dame and they get to go bowling for the first time in the Wannstedt era.
Best Case Scenario- The Mountaineers have been merely adjusting to a different style of play and it has taken some time for them to get it together. As Big East play starts all of a sudden it clicks…they get it.
Worst Case Scenario- West
My Forecast- I do not have the slightest idea.
Worst Case Scenario- November 9 becomes the official battle for last place in the Big East conference.
My Forecast- Rutgers beats
Worst Case Scenario- Syracuse goes winless in the Big East.
My Forecast- Syracuse goes winless in the Big East…someone else is coaching the