Mountaineers carry Big East load

West Virginia was the Big East's best team from start to finish. Check out the conference's season-ending awards.

Updated: December 7, 2005, 5:41 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com

The Big East got better at the top.

Last season, the conference's highest-ranked team in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll was Boston College at No. 21.

This year, the Big East has two teams in the top 15 going into the bowl season: West Virginia at No. 11 and Louisville at No. 15. It's a good bet that Nokia Sugar Bowl-bound West Virginia will represent the conference better than Pitt did in last year's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, but that still wouldn't appease the conference's critics, ...

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