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With Syracuse and Pitt on their way out and Boise State on their way in, the Big East will have a much different look in 2013.

But as in years past, the Louisville Cardinals are a favorite to beat the Big East odds and end up in a BCS bowl game in January.

Here's a quick look at the upcoming season in the Big East Conference.

Louisville, which finished tied for first in the conference last year with a bunch of youngsters at key spots, is the favorite on 5Dimes 2012 Big East championship board at +190.

The Cardinals return 14 starters from a team that went 5-2 in conference play last year, including QB Teddy Bridgewater. And the Louisville gets the two other projected main contenders in the Big East this season, South Florida and Cincinnati, both at home.

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South Florida is the second choice to win the Big East this season at 5Dimes at +320. The Bulls get back a league-high 20 starters from a team that lost four games by three points in going a very disappointing 1-6 in the conference last year.

Among the returnees are quarterback BJ Daniels and the entire starting defense. But while USF gets Rutgers and Pitt at home, they have to play at Louisville and Cincy.

Cincinnati is the third pick at 5Dimes to win the Big East this year at +375. The Bearcats return 12 starters from a team that tied for first in the conference last year at 5-2, although they will have to break in a new starting quarterback.

But they do get Pitt, Rutgers and South Florida all at home.

Those Scarlet Knights are getting +425 at 5Dimes to win the Big East this year. Rutgers gets back 13 starters after going 4-3 in conference last year, but they lost HC Greg Schiano to the pros. And they have to play at USF, at Cincy and at Pitt.

And those Panthers are getting +525 to take the Big East title this season. Pitt has 12 starters back, seven on offense, from a team that also went 4-3 in conference last year.

But they also will be working under a new head coach, as former Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst takes over.

Completing the field Syracuse and Connecticut are both getting +1200 to win the Big East this season, and conference newcomer Temple is lined at +1500.

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