College Football Preview – Big East Offenses
David Funk, a good friend and writer of the Fantasy Sports Network blog, put together a ranking of the Big East college football offenses. He was kind enough allow me to post his breakdown on my site to pass the great information on to you. This is very useful info as you gear up for the college football season, especially if you play the Sporting News College Football Salary Cap game.
“Now we move on to begin previewing the Big East starting with the offenses.
Big East Team Offensive Rankings:
1. West Virginia(Starters returning: 8
The Mountaineers return Pat White at quarterback as well as the entire offensive line, which is one the best units in the nation. Running back Noel Devine is back, but depth behind him is inexperienced. The receiving corps sees Dorrell Jalloh and Tito Gonzalez coming back, but it seems this is the only position of concern for new coach Bill Stewart.
2. South Florida(Starters returning: 8
Matt Grothe returns at quarterback and he has receivers Taurus Johnson and Carlton Mitchell to throw to. Running back Mike Ford is expected to take over for Benjamin Watson, and become a consistent threat in the running game. The offensive line returns four starters and they’re one of the biggest units in the country that should get the job done for the offense.
3. Rutgers(Starters returning: 7
The biggest loss will be running back Ray Rice, who is gone to the NFL and will be replaced by Kordell Young. This means returning starting quarterback Mike Teel will be leaned on more heavily as they will likely become more of a passing team. Teel isn’t short on weapons with 1,000-yard receiver Tiquan Underwood, Kenny Britt, and Tim Brown returning and they have plenty of experience.
4. Connecticut(Starters returning: 8
Tyler Lorenzen is back at quarterback and he has two solid running backs with returning starter Andre Dixon and Donald Brown to hand the ball off to. The offensive line returns three starters, but two of them could be replaced. Receiver Brad Kanuch is the only experienced player at that position, and Steve Brouse is back at tight end. They play a brutal schedule beginning in October.
5. Pittsburgh(Starters returning: 6
LeSean McCoy returns at running back after rushing for over 1,300 yards a year ago. Bill Stull is the new starting quarterback, and he did get some game experience last season. Derek Kinder, who could contend for the Biletnikoff Award, is back as is starter Oderick Turner, so it appears there will be more balance to lighten the load on McCoy. The offensive line returns only two starters though.
6. Louisville(Starters returning: 3
The only returning starters for new coach Steve Kragthorpe are tackle George Bussey, center Eric Wood, and receiver Scott Long. Quarterback Hunter Cantwell has a big arm, but may find it tough to use because of the lack of an experienced deep threat. Receiver Trent Guy has promise, and will be looked upon to provide that for Cantwell. Bilal Powell is the starting running back, and he only has 24 carries in his time at Louisville.
7. Cincinnati(Starters returning: 6
The Bearcats return three starting receivers in Marty Gilyard, Dominick Goodman, and Marcus Barnett. The entire left side of the offensive line is back, but the rest of them lack experience. Quarterback Demetrius Jones is the starter, and he’s recovering from shoulder surgery. Jacob Ramsey will likely see the majority the carries at running back this year.
8. Syracuse(Starters returning: 6
Andrew Robinson is back at quarterback and when he’s given time to throw, he can get the job done. The offensive line returns three starters, but that has been a problem area for the last few seasons. Mike Williams is one the best receivers the Orange have had, but hands have been a problem at times. Fullback Tony Fiammetta returns, and Doug Hogue will start at running back. Watch for Averin Collier, a top national recruit, to get some touches, too.
Stud offenses: West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers
Rising offense: Pittsburgh
Falling offense: Louisville
Overall analysis: West Virginia and Rutgers are missing key players from a year ago, but they should not have much trouble scoring this year despite that. South Florida has plenty of experience and talent to be an option during the season on offense. Connecticut can be great if they get consistent balance on offense as well as show they can score against good teams this year. Pittsburgh has a real shot to surprise many because they don’t look to be a one-dimensional offense. The lack of experience or talent around the bottom three teams are more than enough to stay away from them unless they show you otherwise.”