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Preseason picks are about as accurate as ...

6/20/2012

You tell me.

Preseason picks are about as accurate as ____.

The truth is that people like me are not so great at making Big East preseason picks. I know you guys are just totally shocked to hear it, right? We are sometimes human. But only on bad days.

A quick look back at the Big East preseason media polls since the league was reconfigured in 2005 shows that the correct BCS representative was chosen twice. In seven years. That equals to an awesome .286 percentage.

Winning!

Now to my point. Which is actually a point Louisville coach Charlie Strong made in a recent interview. Preseason expectations and preseason hype are all well and good. But what do they really mean? They mean somebody has to be chosen No. 1, but they are not an automatic to win the league.

Especially a league as unpredictable as the Big East.

The Big East preseason poll will be released during media day July 31. So for now, here is a look back at the preseason favorite in the Big East media poll every year since 2005, and who actually went to the BCS.

Keep hope alive, everyone.

2005

Preseason pick: Louisville

BCS rep: West Virginia, picked No. 3 in preseason

2006

Preseason pick: West Virginia

BCS rep: Louisville, picked No. 2 in preseason

2007

Preseason pick: West Virginia

BCS rep: West Virginia. UConn also won a share of the Big East, and was picked No. 7 in preseason.

2008

Preseason pick: West Virginia

BCS rep: Cincinnati, picked No. 5 in preseason

2009

Preseason pick: Pitt

BCS rep: Cincinnati, picked No. 3 in preseason

2010

Preseason pick: Pitt

BCS rep: UConn, picked No. 4 in preseason. Pitt and West Virginia also won a share of the Big East title.

2011

Preseason pick: West Virginia

BCS rep: West Virginia. Louisville and Cincinnati also shared the Big East title. The Bearcats were picked No. 5 and Cardinals were picked No. 7 in preseason.

2012

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