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703SKINS202 08-01-2011 09:16 AM

2011 Big East Thread
 
Discuss the 2011 Big East here.



Can't wait, only about a month til kickoff.

phlysac 08-01-2011 09:53 AM

It's getting close...


NGSeiler 08-02-2011 10:03 AM

Really excited to see what West Virginia looks like this season. I'm expecting a few bumps in the road, what with Holgorsen taking over sooner than anticipated, but I'm looking forward to some big things on offense. A little worried about the offensive line, but hopefully the shifts they've made will work out. I'm excited to see how the new starters on D are going to do, hoping it's a continuation of last year's dominance but the team lost a number of really good defenders so you never know.

Giantsfan1080 08-02-2011 01:36 PM

Rutgers was picked last by the coaches today at Big East Media Day. I understand that after last year's debacle but I don't think we're going to finish in last.

Giantsfan1080 08-02-2011 01:42 PM

These were the results by the way.

1. West Virginia (21 first place votes) - 188 pts
2. Pittsburgh (2) - 162 pts
3. South Florida (1) - 151 pts
4. Syracuse - 98 pts
5. Cincinnati -96 pts
6. Connecticut - 76 pts
7. Louisville - 60 pts
8. Rutgers - 33 pts

NGSeiler 08-02-2011 01:51 PM

Yeah, not sure how I feel about WVU being picked as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big East. I mean, I like it, but I also don't really like that expectation hanging over this team. First year head coach, new offense, a lot of new faces on defense, etc etc. But I'm excited about the possibility!

dannyz 08-02-2011 04:28 PM

I heard the Big East is thinking about Expanding? Who would be the top Choices to Join?

Giantsfan1080 08-02-2011 04:30 PM

Well you already have TCU coming in next year but other candidates are teams like Villanova and Central Florida. I've even heard Kansas and Kansas State being mentioned as well.

703SKINS202 08-03-2011 07:53 AM

I heard that their dream school would be Maryland, not sure how plausible that would be.

dannyz 08-03-2011 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Giantsfan1080 (Post 2640517)
Well you already have TCU coming in next year but other candidates are teams like Villanova and Central Florida. I've even heard Kansas and Kansas State being mentioned as well.

What are the Chances the Big East Splits into Football and Basketball Divisions? The Two Kansas Teams would bring the most to Basketball for the Big East.

Giantsfan1080 08-03-2011 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dannyz (Post 2641472)
What are the Chances the Big East Splits into Football and Basketball Divisions? The Two Kansas Teams would bring the most to Basketball for the Big East.

I read they might drop some of the basketball teams like Seton Hall, Depaul, Marquette and so on but it's all conjecture at this point. When the new TV deal comes up next year we'll have a much better idea which direction they'll be going.

scottyboy 08-03-2011 03:49 PM

Savon. Huggins.

loljk we have no OL

Giantsfan1080 08-03-2011 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scottyboy (Post 2641558)
Savon. Huggins.

loljk we have no OL

Should still be much better than last year. Getting out of the Wild Knight is going to help immensely also.

dannyz 08-04-2011 09:08 PM

Is Temple joining in 2012? I read it some where and I wanted to know if True?

Hurricanes25 08-04-2011 09:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dannyz (Post 2642998)
Is Temple joining in 2012? I read it some where and I wanted to know if True?

It's a possibility. Nothing set in stone, yet.

Giantsfan1080 09-04-2011 10:05 AM

Big East started off very well.

NGSeiler 09-05-2011 09:42 AM

Well, that rain delay was fun to sit through. Glad Marshall finally conceded, being down 21 points in the 4th quarter and having not scored an offensive TD all day...

billybeejr 09-05-2011 09:56 AM

Wow, Geno Smith is a stud.

tjsunstein 09-05-2011 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billybeejr (Post 2668134)
Wow, Geno Smith is a stud.

I've been saying this for quite some time. He's going to be in serious contention for the Heisman.

703SKINS202 09-05-2011 01:50 PM

So is Tavon Austin. Our O-line looked like horrendous though, gotta work on that.

derza222 09-05-2011 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dannyz (Post 2640514)
I heard the Big East is thinking about Expanding? Who would be the top Choices to Join?

I've heard some rumors about Kansas, Kansas State, and Mizzou being added to the conference if the B12 splits. Mizzou would probably prefer landing in the SEC, so if that happens then you're talking about adding another team as a 12th football and potentially 20th basketball school. Then the schools like UCF, Temple, and 'Nova come into play - not sure if they'd prefer 20 basketball schools or 19 which would give a neater 18 game schedule with everybody playing everybody.

As a 'Nova fan I would love to see us get added to the BE, but I also think it's highly unlikely at this point unless things break well due to stadium issues. The three schools I listed at the top are probably the best case scenario, then maybe UCF if you really believe they're a sleeping giant. I personally don't think Temple makes much sense given they failed in the Big East already and they don't really have a huge fan base (the game against 'Nova gets generally the best attendance or close to it every year and that's a FCS opponent and half of the people who bought tickets didn't show up this year) and 'Nova's already in the conference, but maybe I'm biased because if the BE adds a Philly school I want it to be mine.

I do hope the Big East does well this year being an East Coast guy and a fan of a team affiliated with the conference in basketball, plus since I didn't go to an FBS school (there's always grad school) and I'm from Jersey it's the closest conference geographically.

NGSeiler 09-05-2011 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 703SKINS202 (Post 2668224)
So is Tavon Austin. Our O-line looked like horrendous though, gotta work on that.

On special teams, yes. On offense, he had at least two drops and has some work to do. But the talent is there, and I suspect Holgs will get the most out of it.

As for the O-line, I agree. It wasn't a good day in the trenches.

703SKINS202 09-18-2011 02:00 AM

Bring on LSU!


NGSeiler 09-25-2011 10:26 AM

That was a disappointing game. I really thought, once the Mountaineers brought it within six points, that things were turning our way. But that kick return was the final nail in the coffin. Can't make that many mistakes against such a good team. There were some positives to take out of that one, though.

tjsunstein 09-25-2011 10:35 AM

Didn't deserve to win that one.
Lee took it to our secondary when he needed to and succeeded.
We needed to get a big play early for us, and a stop on that early 3rd down would have been a start. LSU is ranked that high for a reason.


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