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Reasons to love the Big East

6/30/2010

No links today, folks. The picking are way too slim out there.

Instead, I wanted to point out colleague Bruce Feldman's list of 10 reasons to love Big East footballInsider today, in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon preview of the league.

It's a good list that includes Noel Devine, Dion Lewis, Jon Baldwin, the Cincinnati offense, the Pitt pass rush, Jordan Todman and Mohamed Sanu. The list reinforces how many exciting players there are in this league, especially on offense.

Let me add just a couple more reasons to love this league in 2010:

11. Extreme parity: No other league is as equal from top to bottom. The top six teams -- Cincinnati, Pitt, West Virginia, UConn, Rutgers, South Florida -- can all beat each other on any given day. And Syracuse and Louisville are getting better and can spring a surprise as well.

12. Young quarterbacks: Zach Collaros, Tom Savage, B.J. Daniels, Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, Tino Sunseri. All of them have one year or less of starting experience and all except Collaros are sophomores. It will be fun to watch these guys continue to develop over the next couple of years.

13. UConn's offensive line: Feldman mentioned Todman, but don't forget about the guys who clear his path. I love watching the Huskies' offensive front. They're almost always the biggest line in the league, and they're also very fundamentally sound and a force to be dealt with in the running game.

14. New coaches: What conference had better offseason hires than the Big East, which brought in Skip Holtz, Charlie Strong and Butch Jones? All three of those guys are going to have quick impacts and will likely be on other schools' wish lists in short order.

Those are just a few additions. What other things do you love about the Big East this year?