- Brian Bennett, College Football
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Camp has started everywhere in the Big East, and we are less than a month from the start of the season. Time for a new set of power rankings.
1. Pittsburgh: There's good reason why the Panthers received 22 out of 24 first-place votes in the preseason media poll. They're loaded. But by no means invincible.
2. Cincinnati: New coach, defensive questions, blah blah blah. The league title still must go through Cincinnati.
3. West Virginia: With 18 returning starters and Noel Devine, the Mountaineers should be in the thick of contention all year. If quarterback Geno Smith develops, they'll be tough for anybody to handle.
4. Connecticut: Only West Virginia has more starters back, and perhaps only a historical inability to beat the Mountaineers has the Huskies this low.
5. Rutgers: Talented but very young. Only four seniors listed as starters going into fall practice.
6. South Florida: Questions remain at running back, receiver and with inexperience on defense. But Bulls could surprise if they figure things out under Skip Holtz.
7. Syracuse: Orange are thinking bowl in 2010. Even a five-win season would represent progress.
8. Louisville: Let the rebuilding process begin under Charlie Strong.