Thursday, March 22, 2012
Vote: Who will have best offense in 2012?
By Andrea Adelson
Who will have the best offense in the Big East in 2012?
It is time to make your voices heard.
You see this handy dandy poll. You also see only four teams listed. Those are the teams I believe have the best shot at having the best offense for 2012. If you disagree, vote for "other" and send me a note to the mailbag or leave your comment below with your best argument for your team.
So how did I arrive at these four teams? Here is my quick explanation.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats run the type of offense that generally puts up some yards and points. Under Butch Jones, Cincinnati finished No. 1 in total offense in 2010 and No. 3 in 2011. Although Isaiah Pead and Zach Collaros are gone, I think the Bearcats have the potential to put up big numbers again, should Munchie Legaux develop in the pass game, and the running backs produce the way Pead did.
Louisville. Teddy Bridgewater returns for his sophomore season, along with some talented receivers in Michaelee Harris, Eli Rogers and DeVante Parker. There are some talented players at running back as well. That is where I think the Cardinals have to do better. They ranked No. 7 in total offense in 2011 without a consistent run game; they ranked No. 3 in 2010 with one.
Rutgers. Interesting choice, right? Rutgers ranked No. 6 in total offense last season, has a major question mark at quarterback and also loses Mohamed Sanu. But I am taking a guess that Gary Nova wins the starting job, and does much better in his second go-around. He has talented receivers to help live up to their potential. The offensive line will be an area of strength, and Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison allow the Scarlet Knights a more consistent running game.
USF. The Bulls have too much talent not to be one of the best offenses in the league, with B.J. Daniels returning for his senior season, along with some really nice skill position players such as Sterling Griffin, Andre Davis, Deonte Welch, Terrence Mitchell and Chris Dunkley. When you look at the roster, you absolutely see the potential for this group to really have a breakout season.
If I had to pick a fifth team in the mix, it would be Syracuse. Ryan Nassib and Alec Lemon return, and Marcus Sales will be back. Instead of putting a fifth team in the poll, I figured it would be easier to have "other" as an option so that way all the fans on the blog can voice their opinions.
I am sure we will revisit this topic in the summer, but for now, discuss!