Big East

A Strong Start at Louisville

Charlie Strong has Louisville back on the rise in the unpredictable Big East.
<p> Charlie Strong has Louisville back on the rise in the unpredictable Big East.</p>

By Rick Bozich

It was the biggest coaching decision of Charlie Strong’s career as a head coach, and it only took seconds for it to smell like he had made the wrong call.

It was the 10th game of the University of Louisville’s 2010 season, a home game against a beatable South Florida team. Somehow the Cardinals had pushed the game into overtime and then found themselves with the first extra possession.

Athlon's 2011 All-Big East Team

Dana Holgorsen's offense should lead to big numbers for Geno Smith.
<p> Athlon continues the countdown to the upcoming season with its first, second and third All-Big East teams for 2011.</p>
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Athlon continues our countdown to the upcoming season with our first and second All-Big East teams for the 2011 season. Click here for all our college football team previews, rankings and predictions.

Athlon's 2011 Big East Predictions

B.J. Daniels looks to lead South Florida to a Big East title.
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<p> Athlon's countdown to the 2011 season continues with a look at the projected order of finish for the Big East.</p>

Get ready for another unpredictable year in the Big East. West Virginia is the favorite, despite changing head coaches in early June. Bill Stewart resigned, elevating offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to the top spot. Holgorsen has produced instant results in his career as an offensive coordinator, but this will be his first head coaching gig.

Athlon's 2011 Big East Covers

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Which quarterbacks entering their first season as the starter could play for the national title?

-by Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)

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<p> Three of the last four teams to play in the national title game had a first-year starter at quarterback. Which teams could continue that trend in 2011?</p>