- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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This weekly conference-by-conference report card is becoming shorter and shorter for the Big East.
One of the league's top preseason candidates, Dion Lewis, could have missed the first two games with a knee injury like last year's winner Mark Ingram did, and his chances wouldn't be any lower than they are now. Lewis would have to have tremendous games against Miami and Notre Dame -- I'm talking, like, 250-yard, four-touchdown games -- to get back in the conversation.
If UConn had beaten Michigan, then maybe Jordan Todman would have gained some traction. Then again, if I were a foot taller, maybe I'd be in the NBA.
So the only candidate from the Big East with any real appeal right now is still West Virginia's Noel Devine. That's largely because his team is 2-0, tough his hopes almost ended in Huntington last Friday night. Devine has been good but not spectacular -- he's currently third in the league in rushing, averaging 111 yards per game. But he's still got a big showcase at LSU, and he can produce major highlights at any second.
Devine is a long shot, but right now, he's the only shot the Big East has.