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1. Can the new membership come out of the gate looking like a conference worthy of an automatic BCS bid? Will Louisville establish itself as the anchor in the league, or will that fall to the old-line triumvirate of Pittsburgh-West Virginia-Syracuse?
2. Connecticut tailback Terry Caulley led the nation in rushing in mid-2003 when he blew out a knee. Is he the same back, and can he and All-Big East back Cornell Brockington coexist in the same backfield?
3. Rutgers tight end Clark Harris quietly established himself as one of the best in the nation last year. Keep an eye on him -- the NFL will.
1. Brian Brohm and Michael Bush as the centerpieces of the Louisville offense. The two hometown stars turned down the rest of America for this opportunity to star for the Cardinals as they chase their first BCS bid.
2. How does Dave Wannstedt do on campus at Pittsburgh, and how does Greg Robinson do as the boss at Syracuse? Both are in new settings at programs that believe they can compete for a league championship -- which one does better?
3. Cincinnati and South Florida put up a good fight in their first year as Big East members. Mike Dantonio had a good first year with the Bearcats, and Jim Leavitt has established his credentials in Tampa.