Editor’s Note: This is part four of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 3 can be found here.
Preview – Dave Wannstedt seems like he’s been at Pitt forever at this point. With good reason. They have won 19 games the past two seasons and are looking to get another ten or so this year. They lost their big playmaker in QB Bill Stull and will be starting sophomore Tino Sunseri, who has only attempted 17 passes on the field. The really good news is that RB Dion Lewis (325car, 1799yds, 5.5avg, 17 TD) is back and he looks to do even better this season. Sunseri has a nice target in Jon Baldwin (57rec, 1111yds, 19.5avg, 8 TD) as well. The Pittsburgh defense is very solid, with a great defensive line, a nice set of linebackers, and some really talented defensive backs. This is a well rounded team with a lot of talent and they can and should win a lot of football games.
Key Returning Players – RB Dion Lewis, WR Jon Baldwin, DE Greg Romeus
Key Losses – QB Bill Stull, TE Dorin Dickerson, S Elijah Fields
Thoughts – This is my pick for best team in the league. Pittsburgh has all the pieces to achieve a BCS birth by beating other teams in our league. The biggest question will be a quarterback. However this is Pittsburgh and they are a good team so that shouldn’t really be a huge issue for this squad. Dion Lewis will run around and burn some defenders, and Pitt’s defense will be stingy. This team will be good and it is basically their conference to lose at this point in the season.
Will We Beat Them – Pittsburgh and Syracuse is a pretty traditional Big East rivalry and in the past have produced several entertaining games over the past few years, despite Syracuse’s problems. This year will be no exception as Pittsburgh will be coming into the Carrier Dome that will be packed with Orange faithful heading back to homecoming. Additionally, the team very well could be hungry enough to give Pittsburgh a challenge with their first home Big East game. However, I just think Pittsburgh will probably be too talented and have too much to lose to let Syracuse sneak up on them. It will be closer than Pittsburgh wants, but they will beat the Orange.
Labels: 2010 Big East Football Prospectus, Big East, Football