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Big East 2011 Odds Preview

West Virginia has won or shared the Big East championship five times in the last eight seasons, but there have also been some surprises.

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

 

Louisville won the Big East in 2006, Connecticut shared the title  in 2007, Cincinnati won it in 2008 and 2009, and Connecticut and Pittsburgh shared it with the Mountaineers last year. But if anybody in this league wants to get in on the fun they might want to do it this year, because  TCU joins the Big East next season.

West Virginia Mountaineers (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 2/1)

The Mountaineers, who should have gone 6-1 in the Big East last year, return 12 starters for new head coach (and former Oklahoma State OC) Dana Holgorsen, including QB Geno Smith (24/7 TD/INT last year), four along the o-line but only four on defense. They get Pitt at home for the Backyard Brawl, but they have to play at the two other main contenders in the conference, Cincinnati and South Florida.

South Florida Bulls (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 5/2)

USF only went 3-4 in the Big East last year, and only gets back 11 starters this year. But big things are expected of the Bulls in their second season under head coach Skip Holtz, especially if they can get better play out of QB BJ Daniels. The Bulls play at Pitt, but get Cincy and West Virginia at home.

Pittsburgh Panthers (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 7/2)

After going 5-2 in the conference last year then firing coach Wannstedt the Panthers return 13 starters for new head coach Todd Graham, led by QB Tino Sunseri and eight on a defense that ranked second in the league.  Pitt has to play at West Virginia but gets USF and Cincy at home.

Cincinnati Bearcats (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 7/1)

After back-to-back conference titles the 'Cats dropped to 2-5 in the conference last year, their first under head coach Butch Jones. This year UC returns 15 starters, including QB Zach Collaros, 1,000-yard rusher Isaiah Pead, and 10 on defense - but they have to play at USF and Pitt.

Louisville Cardinals (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 10/1)

Louisville returns a league-low 10 starters for its second season under head coach Charlie Strong, just three on offense and one on the o-line. And they have to play at Cincinnati, West Virginia, and South Florida.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 12/1)

The Knights get 14 starters back, nine on offense, after going 1-6 in the conference last year.

Syracuse Orange (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 18/1)

The 'Cuse returns 13 starters after going 4-3 in the Big East last year and winning a bowl game.

Connecticut Huskies (Odds to Win Big East at Bovada 22/1)

UConn won the Big East last year, lost a BCS bowl, then lost coach Edsall. New head coach Paul Pasqualoni gets a league-high 16 starters back, including nine on defense. However, the Huskies have to play at West Virginia, Pitt, and Cincy.

Big East Props:

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most passing yards per game

Geno Smith (West Virginia)   4/7

Zach Collaros (Cincinnati)      9/4

Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh)        5/2

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most passing touchdowns

Geno Smith (West Virginia)   -175

Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh)        +250

Zach Collaros (Cincinnati)      +225

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most rushing yards per game          

Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati)                      5/4

Ray Graham (Pittsburgh)                    7/4

Victor Anderson (Louisville)              9/2

Savon Huggins (Rutgers)                    13/2

Demetris Murray (South Florida)       15/2

Antwon Bailey (Syracuse)                  17/2

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most rushing touchdowns

Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati)                      2/3

Ray Graham (Pittsburgh)                    7/2

Victor Anderson (Louisville)              5/1

Savon Huggins (Rutgers)                    6/1

Demetris Murray (South Florida)       8/1

Antwon Bailey (Syracuse)                  17/2

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most receiving yards per game

Tavon Austin (West Virginia)2/1

Kashif Moore (Connecticut)               3/1

D.J. Woods (Cincinnati)                     15/4

Mark Harrison (Rutgers)                     9/2

Van Chew (Syracuse)                         6/1

Mike Shanahan (Pittsburgh)               7/1

2011 Big East Conference - Who will have the most receiving touchdowns

Tavon Austin (West Virginia)             5/2

Kashif Moore (Connecticut)               11/4

D.J. Woods (Cincinnati)                     3/1

Mark Harrison (Rutgers)                     9/2

Mike Shanahan (Pittsburgh)               7/1

Van Chew (Syracuse)                        15/2