- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
It's not easy being green. Especially in college football.
Experience is usually the name of the game in this sport, with the possible exception of a few skill positions like running back and receiver. Still, the team with the most talented upperclassmen is usually going to be a major contender.
With that in mind, and with green our day-long focus here on St. Patrick's Day, here's a quick look at the greenest units on each Big East team:
• Cincinnati: Take your pick between the defensive line and linebackers, where no starters return from 2008.
• Connecticut: This is team with a lot of experience, but the receivers -- even the underperforming upperclassmen -- should all be considered green in the new, up-tempo offense.
• Louisville: The biggest bunch of newbies are at quarterback, where there are four candidates for the job but not one who's seen any significant playing time at this level.
• Rutgers: The quarterbacks and the receivers are mostly without experience. At least they can learn together.
• South Florida: Look no farther than the offensive line, where four of five starters need to be replaced.
• Syracuse: Three of the Orange's top four safeties, including both starters, are gone off of last year's team.
• West Virginia: On a mostly otherwise veteran team, the Mountaineers are breaking in three new starters on the offensive line.