HailWV.com staff picks: Big East

OK, so I huddled the HailWV.com staff together and asked them to submit several preseason picks to me. Pick set 1 is how the Big East conference will finish at the end of the season.

This one was an obvious no-brainer. Unanimous selection to finish #1 in the Big East Conference. This is the part where some people would say our objectivity went out the window. If you want REAL objectivity, read on!

South Florida is being hyped big time this year by ESPN (don’t believe me, talk to Jerk Herbstreit, he thinks BJ Daniels in the best QB in the Big East) and as such, their 2 2nd place votes, followed by 2 3rd place votes. Will they live up to the hype, or will they just fall into a steaming, stinking pile of bullsh*t created by ESPN on or before December 1st?

Despite my best efforts to drag Pitt down (I picked them to finish 5th), they still averaged a 3rd place ranking among the staff with a 2nd, 3rd and 4th place vote.

A solid 4th place finish for Syracuse in the conference. They also received a 2nd place vote. The Orange are rising back to contender status in the Big East.

After receiving a 7th place vote from one of the contributors, my projected dark horse for the Big East this season, fell all the way to 5th place. However, they are starting to build a solid team and philosophy in the land of Papa John’s Stadium with Charlie Strong at the helm of the team.

A bit of an improvement from last year with them gathering 2 6th place votes, a 4th place vote, and a 7th place vote. However, they could still have a little bit of work to do to be taken seriously in the conference since the Brian Kelly days in Southern Ghettopolis, OH.

How the mighty have fallen… but, were they really that mighty to begin with, or just the recipient of some dumb luck? The defending Big East “Champions” are pretty much starting from scratch since the departure of Randy Edsall. Received no higher than 6th place in the polls.

And, this wouldn’t be Big East football without Rutgers taking their rightful place in the Conference Basement.

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