Looking ahead to 2012

January, 10, 2012
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You will have to wait until later this afternoon for my way-too-early 2012 Big East power rankings. But to keep you happy until then, I present Mark Schlabach's way-too-early Top 25 for 2012.

Two Big East teams make the list. Or is that 1.5 Big East teams? One Big East team? Still confused about what to call West Virginia in 2012. Until the lawsuits are settled, you will continue to see West Virginia in this blog -- although Big 12 blogger David Ubben included the Mountaineers in his 2012 Big 12 preseason power rankings, at No. 3.

So away we go:

No. 7 West Virginia. Schlabach says:
WVU fans finally saw a glimpse of how explosive coach Dana Holgorsen's spread offense can be in the Mountaineers' 70-33 rout of Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl. Holgorsen's first season has to be considered a roaring success after a 10-3 finish, but the Mountaineers might have just scratched the surface with his high-powered offense.
No. 25 Louisville. Schlabach says:
Coach Charlie Strong has done a nice job of rebuilding the Cardinals, guiding them to back-to-back bowl games and a share of a Big East title in 2011. ... Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, tailback Dominique Brown and receiver DeVante Parker give the Cards a nice foundation on offense, and their defense should get better as a young secondary matures.

USA Today also has West Virginia at No. 10 in its early 2012 Top 25. Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com has West Virginia at No. 12, Rutgers at No. 24 and Louisville at No. 25.

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