5. West Virginia -- Sorry, West Virginians. You lose Pat White and your prospects don't improve. White was one of the Big East's best-ever players and perhaps the best player in West Virginia history. The slippery quarterback cannot be fully replaced, but Jarrett Brown will give it a shot. The senior gets his shot to start in his final season. The 6-foot-4 Brown is more of a physical dual-threat quarterback. What Brown can't do, tailback Noel Devine can. After rushing for almost 2,000 yards in his first two seasons, this could be Devine's breakout year. A Heisman run wouldn't be surprise. The Mountaineers will have to win at least nine again to make it happen. That could be a struggle.
Dennis Dodd posted a blog entry featured on the front page of CBS Sports with his picks for the Big East this upcoming season. He puts WVU at the number five spot with Rutgers at number one. Really? Rutgers at number one? He must have actually used darts before he wrote this article.
Besides the fact that he's clearly been fooled by Fake Greg Schiano and his hysterical hype of Rutgers football, the man gives no nod to our defense which only looks to improve off of a surprisingly strong season last year. The race for the Big East is obviously wide open and there is no clear front runner, but how could you pick a team with an offense with huge question marks at quarterback, running back and receiver (Good O-Line though, too bad they have no one to block for) that might just average the same amount of points this year as it did in 1869? (3 points for the stat keepers)
Then again, I guess there was a more embarrassing option.