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Big East looks to Louisville, WVU for gridiron cred

West Virginia and Louisville carried the Big East's football hopes on their backs last season, and those two teams will undoubtedly do so again this year, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: August 23, 2006, 6:08 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

It was only 60 minutes. Well, 15 minutes, 50 seconds, to be exact.

But West Virginia's four-touchdown barrage against SEC champion Georgia in last season's Sugar Bowl in the Georgia Dome, in which the underdog Mountaineers jumped out to a 28-0 lead in their thrilling 38-35 victory, might have meant more to the Big East than what any team accomplished in the conference's first 15 years. Bigger than Miami winning two national championships during its 13 seasons in the conference, and more important ...

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