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BACKYARD BRAWL MAY DECIDE 2010 BIG EAST CROWN
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 12:50 PM EDT

The 2010 Big East season figures to be an exciting one if for no other reason than the volume of offensive players returning, not just starters, but stars. The list of playmakers from this league is deep and includes Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis, West Virginia’s Noel Devine, Connecticut’s Jordan Todman, plus quarterbacks Tom Savage of Rutgers and B.J. Daniels of South Florida. It could be a run-first league though, as Savage is the only quarterback with 11 or more career college starts to his credit. All five of those players’ teams could compete for the league title and BCS berth this season, with Cincinnati certainly in the mix as well. Pittsburgh plays as the early favorite but has games at UConn, South Florida, and Cincinnati as potential stumbling blocks. South Florida may be on the outside looking in simply because of its schedule, which features four brutal road games in new head coach Skip Holtz’s first campaign. Basketball Lines

2010 Predicted Finish (Sportsbook.com Odds to win conference)
1. Pittsburgh (+250)
2. West Virginia (+250)
3. Cincinnati (+500)
4. Connecticut (+250)
5. Rutgers (+500)
6. South Florida (+500)
7. Syracuse (+1500)
8. Louisville (+800)

CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Head Coach: Butch Jones, 1st year (First Year SU)
2009 Record: 12-1 SU, 7-6 ATS
Offense: Spread – Starters Returning: 8
Defense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 6

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +15.5 (#10 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +13.3 (#15 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 47 (#26 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – at Fresno St
9/11 – INDIANA ST
9/16 – at NC State
9/25 – OKLAHOMA
10/9 – MIAMI OHIO
10/15 – at Louisville
10/22 – S FLORIDA
10/30 – SYRACUSE
11/13 – at W Virginia
11/20 – RUTGERS
11/27 – at Connecticut
12/4 – PITTSBURGH

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 12-1, 33-7 (83%)
Overall ATS: 7-6, 21-16 (57%)
at Home ATS: 2-4, 8-7 (53%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 5-2, 13-9 (59%)
vs Conference ATS: 5-2, 13-7 (65%)
as Favorite ATS: 4-5, 13-14 (48%)
as Underdog ATS: 2-1, 7-2 (78%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 37 (50)
Points Scored – Allowed: 38.6 (4) – 23.1 (44)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 447.5 (11) – 374.0 (67)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 6.98 (2) – 5.20 (47)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 4.99 (13) – 3.63 (36)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 8.50 (12) – 7.13 (63)
Turnover Differential: +0.7 (13)

2010 OUTLOOK
By the time the opening snap rolls around for the first game of 2010, it may look as if the Bearcats changed everything but their name. Former coach Brian Kelly jumped ship to Notre Dame, quarterback Tony Pike and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard are now in the NFL and several other key players have moved on…New head coach Butch Jones will ride Pike’s injury replacement, junior Zach Collaros, who posted strong numbers when in control of the huddle—1,434 yards passing and 10 touchdowns on just 93 completions. He also rushed for 344 yards and four touchdowns. Collaros will be throwing to plenty of talent at wide receiver. The line returns a pair of All-Big East while Junior Isaiah Pead is more of a speed back than a tackle-breaker and averaged a healthy 6.7 yards per run on 121 attempts…Cincinnati’s stop unit lost several high-impact players and now lacks significant experience. The only senior penciled into the starting lineup is middle linebacker Dorian Davis. The Bearcats allowed a combined 95 points to Pittsburgh and Florida and that drop off in production actually started to fester several weeks earlier. The big question is if that slide will continue… The Bearcats are out to defend their Big East title for the second straight season, and are one of just six schools from BCS conferences to go back-to-back since 2000. While the offense will miss Pike and Gilyard, plenty of experience still returns, and Collaros adds another dimension with the ability to run. After racking up a 23-4 mark in the last two years, some may consider four losses in 2010 a step back. If the defense can regroup, Cincinnati could be a darkhorse in the Big East. NFL Lines

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* CINCINNATI is on a 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) run as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points . The Average Score was CINCINNATI 28.1, OPPONENT 15

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Head Coach: Randy Edsall, 12th year (66-65 SU)
2009 Record: 8-5 SU, 11-2 ATS
Offense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 8
Defense: 4-3 – Starters Returning: 8

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +7.5 (#33 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +7.6 (#33 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 45 (#30 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – at Michigan
9/11 – TEXAS SOUTHERN
9/18 – at Temple
9/25 – BUFFALO
10/2 – VANDERBILT
10/8 – at Rutgers
10/23 – at Louisville
10/29 – W VIRGINIA
11/11 – PITTSBURGH
11/20 – at Syracuse
11/27 – CINCINNATI
12/4 – at S Florida

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 8-5, 25-14 (64%)
Overall ATS: 11-2, 25-12 (68%)
at Home ATS: 4-2, 11-6 (65%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 7-0, 14-6 (70%)
vs Conference ATS: 5-2, 14-7 (67%)
as Favorite ATS: 3-2, 9-6 (60%)
as Underdog ATS: 7-0, 15-6 (71%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 37.46 (45)
Points Scored – Allowed: 31.2 (27) – 23.6 (49)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 387.2 (56) – 368.8 (62)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.57 (62) – 5.56 (72)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 4.20 (64) – 3.77 (46)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 7.51 (45) – 7.59 (87)
Turnover Differential: +0.2 (46)

2010 OUTLOOK
Head coach Randy Edsall has made a strong running attack the staple of his 11-year tenure at Connecticut, and the road to the end zone will still be primarily paved by the offensive line and tailback Jordan Todman. But if there’s a new wrinkle to the Huskies, it may have been unveiled during the spring game, as quarterback Zach Frazer unleashed four touchdown passes of longer than 55 yards…Frazer split time with Cody Endres, and the reason why is the biggest issue facing Connecticut’s offense—health. Both quarterbacks missed time due to injury, yet the reliance on Todman & Co., in the backfield helped keep the scoring unit potent (31.2 PPG). A line featuring four returning starters only stands to get better after paving the way for 170.7 yards rushing per game and allowing just 21 sacks…The stop unit was pushed around by several opponents, allowing 135 points in the four games prior to the Papajohns.com Bowl, but it happened as the offense hit its stride. The secondary is the biggest area of need, more for a loss of experience than a lack of talent, but eight total defensive starters return… The Huskies closed last season on a roll with four consecutive wins, including an upset of South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl. Add in the experience that comes along with 16 returning starters, and maybe, just maybe, Edsall’s gearing up for a run in the Big East. Consider the Huskies a darkhorse for the Big East crown, especially because they host games with both West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* Over the L2 seasons, CONNECTICUT is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) on the road. The Average Score was CONNECTICUT 24.7, OPPONENT 21.8

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Head Coach: Charlie Strong, 1st year (First Year SU)
2009 Record: 4-8 SU, 5-6 ATS
Offense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 9
Defense: 4-3 – Starters Returning: 6

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: -8.2 (#102 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: -4.0 (#83 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 31 (#81 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – KENTUCKY
9/11 – E KENTUCKY
9/18 – at Oregon St
10/2 – at Arkansas St
10/9 – MEMPHIS
10/15 – CINCINNATI
10/23 – CONNECTICUT
10/30 – at Pittsburgh
11/6 – at Syracuse
11/13 – S FLORIDA
11/20 – W VIRGINIA
11/26 – at Rutgers

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 4-8, 15-21 (42%)
Overall ATS: 5-6, 13-20 (39%)
at Home ATS: 2-3, 6-11 (35%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 3-3, 7-9 (44%)
vs Conference ATS: 2-5, 6-15 (29%)
as Favorite ATS: 1-1, 5-10 (33%)
as Underdog ATS: 4-5, 8-10 (44%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 37.67 (42)
Points Scored – Allowed: 18.1 (111) – 26.3 (65)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 334.1 (91) – 371.1 (65)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.08 (96) – 5.80 (86)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 3.54 (97) – 4.25 (81)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 6.87 (80) – 8.19 (107)
Turnover Differential: -0.3 (77)

2010 OUTLOOK
Louisville has struggled over the last three seasons, racking up a 15-21 mark since its last bowl appearance in 2007. But change is on the horizon in the form of first-year head coach Charlie Strong, who took the reins after a seven-year stint as defensive coordinator with Florida… The 2009 offense struggled, but it wasn’t due to a lack of talent. What the Cardinals need is health and consistency, plain and simple. Due to injuries and ineffectiveness, three different quarterbacks started games, and top running back Victor Anderson followed up his 2008 Big East Freshman of the Year performance with just 473 yards rushing. As a result, the Cardinals struggled to move the ball. They finished 111th in the nation in scoring (18.1 points per game) and 91st in total offense (334.1 yards per game). As many as four quarterbacks could be in the mix heading into the first game, but thankfully, all five starters are back on the line…Strong’s strength is defense, and his former Gators flexed plenty of muscle. Along with an almost entirely new staff comes a new scheme, and the biggest problem could be finding people to help anchor a run defense that needs shoring up after getting steamrolled for 165.1 yards per game…Strong has a considerable amount of talent to work with on offense, it’s just a matter of getting it all to fit together the right way. Once he settles on a starting quarterback, it’ll speed up the curve for getting the rest of the scoring unit on the same page. If the program’s going to move forward in Strong’s first year, the push must be the result of putting points on the board. NFL Betting Lines

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* LOUISVILLE is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in conference games since ‘07. The Average Score was LOUISVILLE 20, OPPONENT 32.4

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
Head Coach: Dave Wannstedt, 6th year (35-26 SU)
2009 Record: 10-3 SU, 7-4-1 ATS
Offense: Pro Style – Starters Returning: 5
Defense: 4-3 – Starters Returning: 6

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +12.3 (#16 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +13.5 (#14 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 51 (#13 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/2 – at Utah
9/11 – NEW HAMPSHIRE
9/23 – MIAMI
10/2 – FLA INTERNATIONAL
10/9 – at Notre Dame
10/16 – at Syracuse
10/23 – RUTGERS
10/30 – LOUISVILLE
11/11 – at Connecticut
11/20 – at S Florida
11/26 – W VIRGINIA
12/4 – at Cincinnati

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 10-3, 24-14 (63%)
Overall ATS: 7-4, 19-16 (54%)
at Home ATS: 3-2, 7-10 (41%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 4-2, 12-6 (67%)
vs Conference ATS: 4-3, 12-9 (57%)
as Favorite ATS: 7-3, 10-10 (50%)
as Underdog ATS: 0-1, 9-6 (60%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 36.54 (53)
Points Scored – Allowed: 32.1 (21) – 19.8 (19)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 391.6 (52) – 319.3 (23)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 6.23 (18) – 4.97 (30)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 4.89 (16) – 3.25 (17)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 8.13 (18) – 6.74 (43)
Turnover Differential: +0.8 (10)

2010 OUTLOOK
Pittsburgh bounced back from a crushing home defeat to Cincinnati in the Big East Championship Game to knock off North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. But the victory couldn’t possibly wipe away the terrible taste left after the Panthers blew a 21-point lead to the Bearcats at Heinz Field and lost 45-44 in overtime. Changes from the top down are likely to keep Cincinnati from being a thorn in Pittsburgh’s side this season, and the returning big-play exploits of sophomore running back Dion Lewis and junior wide receiver Jon Baldwin will keep the program among the Big East elite…Lewis ran for 1,799 yards and scored 17 touchdowns, while averaging a healthy 5.5 yards per carry. As the alpha dog of the offense, there’s no doubt he’ll assume another large workload in the neighborhood of 300 carries. Bill Stull, who racked up a 19-7 mark as the starter, is gone, and the most likely candidate to take over the huddle is sophomore Tino Sunseri. He will be lined up behind a pair of new guards and taking snaps from a new center…Head coach Dave Wannstedt has crafted his program through a potent ground attack and dominating defense. For 2010, he has six starters back from a unit that allowed the 19th fewest points in college football…Pittsburgh is the early favorite to capture the Big East crown and a definite contender for the BCS title. Backed by a still-potent defense and high-scoring offense, last season’s meltdown in the Big East title game should only serve as additional motivation. Lewis is on the short list of Heisman Trophy contenders—three consecutive sophomores have won it.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* PITTSBURGH is 8-0 ATS (+8 Units) on the road revenging a home loss against opponent since ‘07. The Average Score was PITTSBURGH 23.1, OPPONENT 17.4

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Head Coach: Greg Schiano, 10th year (55-55 SU)
2009 Record: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS
Offense: Pro Style – Starters Returning: 6
Defense: 4-3 – Starters Returning: 6

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +10.9 (#20 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +4.6 (#47 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 46 (#28 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/2 – NORFOLK ST
9/11 – at Fla International
9/25 – N CAROLINA
10/2 – TULANE
10/8 – CONNECTICUT
10/16 – vs. Army (East Rutherford, NJ)
10/16 – ARMY
10/23 – at Pittsburgh
11/3 – at S Florida
11/13 – SYRACUSE
11/20 – at Cincinnati
11/26 – LOUISVILLE
12/4 – at W Virginia

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 9-4, 25-14 (64%)
Overall ATS: 6-7, 19-17 (53%)
at Home ATS: 1-6, 7-13 (35%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 5-1, 12-4 (75%)
vs Conference ATS: 3-4, 11-10 (52%)
as Favorite ATS: 4-5, 9-13 (41%)
as Underdog ATS: 2-1, 10-3 (77%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 29.92 (90)
Points Scored – Allowed: 28.8 (52) – 17.9 (16)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 326.3 (97) – 307.8 (18)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.23 (79) – 4.84 (25)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 3.61 (91) – 3.04 (13)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 7.63 (35) – 6.89 (52)
Turnover Differential: +1.5 (2)

2010 OUTLOOK
Rutgers has lost some heavy hitters from not only the most successful senior class in program history, but also junior offensive tackle Anthony Davis, who left school a year early. Even with the losses, however, the Scarlet Knights are still strong bets to continue their string of bowl appearances (five)…Sophomore quarterback Tom Savage was thrown into the fire from the start, seeing action in the second half of the opener and never giving up the starting gig. A 9-4 mark is nothing to sneeze at, and neither were the 2,211 yards he threw for (Big East-freshman record). There will be significant changes to the line around Savage, but he will be working with a well-rounded backfield while sophomore wide receiver Mohammed Sanu adds a major wrinkle to the offense, spelling Savage in a Wildcat role…Rutgers lacks name recognition on a national level, and its defense could be one of the most underrated in the nation. It was tops among all 120 FBS teams in tackles for loss and fumble recoveries, second in turnover margin and fourth in sacks. Several key contributors are gone, but there are still six starters returning, including three along the line. If there’s work to be done, it’s probably at linebacker…The weapons are there for Savage, who is now the most experienced quarterback in the Big East Conference with 11 career starts. While it may be a year early to consider Rutgers a major contender for the conference crown, there is potential for that to happen depending on how big of a step the offense takes in Savage’s second season. A somewhat-stacked defensive line will be a help until the rest of the pieces on the unit fall into place.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* RUTGERS is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) on the road after the first month of the season since ‘07. The Average Score was RUTGERS 32.9, OPPONENT 22.8

S FLORIDA BULLS
Head Coach: Skip Holtz, 1st year (First Year SU)
2009 Record: 8-5 SU, 6-6 ATS
Offense: Spread – Starters Returning: 10
Defense: 4-3 – Starters Returning: 4

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +6.7 (#38 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +2.2 (#58 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 44 (#35 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – STONY BROOK
9/11 – at Florida
9/25 – W KENTUCKY
10/2 – FLA ATLANTIC
10/9 – SYRACUSE
10/14 – at W Virginia
10/22 – at Cincinnati
11/3 – RUTGERS
11/13 – at Louisville
11/20 – PITTSBURGH
11/27 – at Miami
12/4 – CONNECTICUT

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 8-5, 25-14 (64%)
Overall ATS: 6-6, 18-18 (50%)
at Home ATS: 2-3, 8-7 (53%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 4-3, 10-11 (48%)
vs Conference ATS: 3-4, 10-11 (48%)
as Favorite ATS: 2-2, 10-14 (42%)
as Underdog ATS: 3-4, 7-4 (64%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 32.62 (71)
Points Scored – Allowed: 26.5 (64) – 19.8 (19)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 365.6 (71) – 321.8 (24)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.90 (36) – 5.00 (32)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 4.37 (53) – 3.92 (57)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 8.52 (11) – 6.26 (25)
Turnover Differential: +0.0 (61)

2010 OUTLOOK
If head coach Skip Holtz played his cards right, then he made the jump from East Carolina to South Florida at the perfect time. On top of stepping up from Conference USA to the Big East, Holtz inherits a program that has an experienced offense and plenty of talent on defense to compete for a bowl berth…A year ago, sophomore quarterback B.J. Daniels was nothing but an afterthought behind Matt Grothe on the depth chart. But after Grothe suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game, Daniels was pressed into service and proved to be every bit as talented, running for 772 yards and nine touchdowns while throwing for 1,983 yards passing and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He’ll lead a unit that scored 26.5 PPG and returns all but one starter… The bad news? Seven starters are gone from a very talented defense, including both ends who combined for 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. The top four tacklers are gone as well so this unit will be rebuilding after allowing less than 20 PPG a year ago…Aside from a few tweaks—perhaps opening up the passing game—there is little for Holtz to do with the offense. It worked well, and the spread attack is still option No. 1, and a great fit for Daniels. Holtz’s major work will come on a defense that has lost impact players on the line and the secondary. While the unit can’t be expected to match last year’s effort, the drop off will ultimately determine how high up the Big East food chain the Bulls can climb.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* S FLORIDA is on a 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) run vs. poor defensive teams – allowing >=5.9 YPP . The Average Score was S FLORIDA 36.9, OPPONENT 16

SYRACUSE ORANGE
Head Coach: Doug Marrone, 2nd year (4-8 SU)
2009 Record: 4-8 SU, 6-6 ATS
Offense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 5
Defense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 10

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: -6.8 (#96 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: -3.6 (#79 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 31 (#81 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – at Akron
9/11 – at Washington
9/18 – MAINE
10/9 – at S Florida
10/16 – PITTSBURGH
10/23 – at W Virginia
10/30 – at Cincinnati
11/6 – LOUISVILLE
11/13 – at Rutgers
11/20 – CONNECTICUT
11/27 – BOSTON COLLEGE

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 4-8, 9-27 (25%)
Overall ATS: 6-6, 14-21 (40%)
at Home ATS: 4-4, 7-13 (35%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 2-2, 7-8 (47%)
vs Conference ATS: 2-5, 8-13 (38%)
as Favorite ATS: 1-0, 2-1 (67%)
as Underdog ATS: 5-5, 12-19 (39%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 37.08 (48)
Points Scored – Allowed: 21.2 (99) – 27.9 (81)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 330.4 (94) – 337.0 (37)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.12 (92) – 5.44 (64)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 3.61 (93) – 3.05 (14)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 6.91 (76) – 8.25 (110)
Turnover Differential: -0.5 (98)

2010 OUTLOOK
The optimist says Syracuse made headway in head coach Doug Marrone’s first season. The Orange won four games, knocked off Rutgers by 18, split their eight home games and lost a pair of others by four combined points. The pessimist, however, would point out that the team dropped four key Big East games by a combined 94 points and the defense allowed nearly 28 PPG. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between…Greg Paulus made for a nice story, transferring from Duke so that he could use up his remaining year of football eligibility, but Marrone has moved on and wasted no time making sweeping changes to the offense. Marrone’s now the coordinator, hoping to improve a unit that ranked 78th in passing, 87th in rushing and 99th in scoring. Syracuse is likely to turn to sophomore Ryan Nassib under center, so the receivers better be ready for the vertical game. The line returns three starters… The stop unit is on much better footing, if only because it was outstanding against the run (13th in the nation) and returns three starters on the line. As the season progressed, the linebackers became more than just a strength, they dominated, and the defense actually cut almost five points per game off what it allowed prior to Marrone’s arrival. The next step comes in slowing down the pass after the Orange allowed 235.2 yards per game…The offense is going to look plenty different, and not only because there’s a new quarterback. Marrone is out to attack teams and stretch the field. So at the very least, Syracuse will play an exciting brand of football. The forward progress may take one more year before it truly shows in the win column, and the schedule isn’t friendly.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* SYRACUSE is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) vs. teams scoring 31 or more PPG since ‘07. The Average Score was SYRACUSE 17, OPPONENT 39.9

W VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Head Coach: Bill Stewart, 3rd year (19-8 SU)
2009 Record: 9-4 SU, 5-7 ATS
Offense: Spread Option – Starters Returning: 9
Defense: 3-3-5 Stack – Starters Returning: 9

Key Strength Ratings
2009 Scoring Differential: +4.5 (#47 of 120)
2009 StatFox Outplay Factor Rating: +6.5 (#37 of 120)
2010 StatFox Power Rating: 45 (#30 of 120)

2010 SCHEDULE
9/4 – COASTAL CAROLINA
9/10 – at Marshall
9/18 – MARYLAND
9/25 – at LSU
10/9 – UNLV
10/14 – S FLORIDA
10/23 – SYRACUSE
10/29 – at Connecticut
11/13 – CINCINNATI
11/20 – at Louisville
11/26 – at Pittsburgh
12/4 – RUTGERS

SITUATIONAL RECORDS – 2009 (3-YR TOTAL)
Straight Up: 9-4, 29-10 (74%)
Overall ATS: 5-7, 16-20 (44%)
at Home ATS: 2-4, 7-11 (39%)
Away/Neutral ATS: 3-3, 9-9 (50%)
vs Conference ATS: 4-3, 9-11 (45%)
as Favorite ATS: 2-6, 12-19 (39%)
as Underdog ATS: 3-1, 4-1 (80%)

2009 TEAM STATS & NCAA RANKS (of 120)
Strength of Schedule: 37.08 (49)
Points Scored – Allowed: 26.2 (67) – 21.7 (31)
Total YPG Gained – Allowed: 377.5 (61) – 336.5 (36)
Yards Per Play Gained – Allowed: 5.74 (47) – 5.06 (35)
Yards Per Rush Gained – Allowed: 4.77 (23) – 3.73 (41)
Yards Per Pass Gained – Allowed: 7.16 (59) – 6.45 (35)
Turnover Differential: -0.2 (71)

2010 OUTLOOK
West Virginia has flown under the national radar for much of the last decade despite eight consecutive first- or second-place finishes in the Big East. Welcoming back a combined 18 starters on offense and defense is certainly a boost to a program still looking to stamp itself as a perennial contender for more than just a conference crown… Nine starters return to the offense, and while tailback Noel Devine is among the smallest of them, he definitely makes up for it with his production. The Heisman Trophy candidate ran for a career-high 1,465 yards on just 241 attempts (6.1-yard average) and topped the century mark seven times on the way to earning All-Big East first-team honors. Big plays are expected of Devine after he broke off seven runs of at least 50 yards, scoring on four of them. He’ll again be the focal point for an offense ushering in its third different starting quarterback in the last three years. Sophomores Geno Smith and Coley White are expected to battle for the position heading into late summer behind a veteran line bringing back four starters… The defense is far from a pushover, however, even if it’s largely ignored on paper. Nine starters are back on a unit that allowed just 3.7 yards per carry and picked off 17 passes…West Virginia may not play the most exciting brand of football outside of Devine running wild on a weekly basis, but it’s hard to argue with the success. Given the returning experience, and rebuilding of several teams within the Big East, the Mountaineers are again in the thick of the conference title hunt. The game for all the marbles will likely be the annual Backyard Brawl with Pittsburgh. The last three games have been decided by a total of 11 points.

SAMPLE TOP STATFOX POWER TREND FOR 2010
* W VIRGINIA is on a 17-4 ATS (+12.6 Units) run on the road vs. teams with a losing record . The Average Score was W VIRGINIA 38.1, OPPONENT 17


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04/24/2014
MLBKansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians09:05 AM PST
MLBCincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates09:35 AM PST
MLBChicago White Sox vs Detroit Tigers10:05 AM PST
MLBSt. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets10:10 AM PST
MLBMinnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays10:10 AM PST
MLBArizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs11:20 AM PST
UEFA Europa LeagueValencia CF at Sevilla FC12:05 PM PST
UEFA Europa LeagueJuventus Turin at Benfica Lisbon12:05 PM PST
MLBSan Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBBaltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
NBAIndiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks4:05 PM PST
NHLMontreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning4:05 PM PST
MLBNew York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox4:10 PM PST
NBAOklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies5:00 PM PST
NHLBoston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings5:05 PM PST
MLBOakland Athletics vs Houston Astros5:10 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresUnion Espanola at Arsenal de Sarandi5:15 PM PST
NHLColorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild6:35 PM PST
MLBPhiladelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers7:10 PM PST
NBALos Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors7:35 PM PST
NHLSan Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings7:35 PM PST
04/25/2014
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Amkar Perm at FC Kryliya Sovetov Samara08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2LB Chateauroux at Istres FC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Clermont Foot at Stade Brest11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AC Havre at US Creteil11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Chamois Niort FC at Stade Lavallois MFC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Troyes AC at Tours FC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AS Nancy at RC Lens11:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFK Teplice at FC Viktoria Plzen11:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Olympique Marseille at FC Nantes11:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaVfB Stuttgart at Hannover 9611:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsYeovil Town at Brighton & Hove Albion FC11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie AAC Milan at AS Roma11:45 AM PST
Scotland - PremierFC St Mirren at Partick Thistle11:45 AM PST
Spain - La LigaLevante UD at Elche CF12:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA Tigre at Newell's Old Boys3:10 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BSampaio Correa MA at Icasa CE3:30 PM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionCA Rentistas at Defensor Sporting4:00 PM PST
NBAToronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets4:05 PM PST
NHLNew York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers4:05 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BJoinville SC at Parana Clube PR5:00 PM PST
NBAChicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards5:05 PM PST
NHLChicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues5:05 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraCF Pachuca at Gallos Blancos5:30 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraLeon at Club Tijuana7:30 PM PST
NBAHouston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers7:35 PM PST
NHLDallas Stars vs Anaheim Ducks7:35 PM PST
04/26/2014
England - DivisionsIpswich Town at Burnley FC04:15 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueEverton FC at Southampton FC04:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 2FC Metz at AJ Auxerre05:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueVolga Nizhny Novgorod at Zenit St Petersburg05:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaWerder Bremen at Bayern Munich06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaSC Freiburg at VfL Wolfsburg06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaEintracht Frankfurt at 1899 Hoffenheim06:30 AM PST
Germany - Bundesliga1 FC Nuremberg at 1 Fsv Mainz 0506:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaEintracht Braunschweig at Hertha BSC06:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsGillingham FC at Preston North End07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsCrawley Town at Bradford City07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBrentford FC at Colchester Utdfc07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsTranmere Rovers at Leyton Orient07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsCrewe Alexandra FC at Bristol City07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBolton Wanderers at Sheffield Wednesday07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsNottingham Forest at Bournemouth AFC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsReading FC at Doncaster Rovers07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBlackburn Rovers at Charlton Athletic07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsLeicester City at Huddersfield Town07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsMillwall FC at Queens Park Rangers07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBarnsley FC at Middlesbrough FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBlackpool FC at Wigan Athletic07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWatford FC at Derby County07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsLeeds Utd at Birmingham City07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWalsall FC at Stevenage FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWolverhampton Wanderers at Coventry City07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueHull City at Fulham FC07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur at Stoke City07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueAston Villa at Swansea City07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueWest Ham Utd at West Bromwich Albion07:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueIroni Ramat Hasharon at Beitar Jerusalem07:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueHapoel Haifa at Hapoel Akko07:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueAshdod SC at Hapoel Raanana07:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueBnei Yehuda Tel Aviv at Maccabi Petach Tikva07:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaRayo Vallecano at Granada CF07:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaDukla Prague at FC Banik Ostrava08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1AS Monaco at AC Ajaccio08:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueHapoel Beer Sheva at Bnei Sakhnin FC08:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Lokomotiv Moscow at FC Krasnodar08:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AAC Fiorentina at Bologna FC09:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaMalaga CF at Getafe CF09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionCD Lugo at Sporting Gijon09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionPonferradina SD at Deportivo La Coruna09:15 AM PST
England - DivisionsHereford Utd at Aldershot Town09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsMacclesfield Town at Alfreton Town FC09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsGrimsby Town at Braintree Town09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsSalisbury City at Chester City09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsWrexham FC at Forest Green Rovers09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsCambridge Utd FC at Gateshead FC09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsLuton Town at Hyde Utd09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsBarnet FC at Lincoln City09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsDartford FC at Nuneaton Town FC09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsWoking FC at Tamworth FC09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsSouthport FC at Welling Utd09:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsKidderminster Harriers at Halifax Town09:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueNorwich City at Manchester Utd09:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaBorussia Dortmund at Bayer Leverkusen09:30 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaSK Sigma Olomouc at 1 FC Slovacko10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueMaccabi Tel Aviv at Hapoel Tel Aviv10:00 AM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA San Lorenzo at CA Belgrano11:00 AM PST
Argentina - Primera BCrucero del Norte at Defensa y Justicia11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1FC Lorient at Stade Rennes11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Stade Reims at OGC Nice11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1AS Saint Etienne at Evian TG FC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Toulouse FC at Montpellier Hsc11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Valenciennes FC at EA Guingamp11:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaCA Osasuna at Real Madrid11:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionCD Mirandes at Cordoba CF11:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFC Slovan Liberec at Sparta Prague11:15 AM PST
Argentina - Primera BCA Talleres at CA Brown de Adrogue11:30 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraEverton de Vina Del Mar at Huachipato11:30 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraPalestino at Audax Italiano11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionEl Tanque Sisley at Racing Club Mdeo.11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionDanubio FC at CA River Plate11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionJuventud de LP at CA Cerro11:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie ASSC Napoli at Inter Milan11:45 AM PST
BOXINGA Leapai vs W Klitschko12:00 PM PST
NHLDetroit Red Wings vs Boston Bruins12:05 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BAmerica RN at Oeste SP12:20 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BSanta Cruz PE at Portuguesa SP12:20 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BVila Nova GO at Nautico PE12:20 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BVasco Da Gama RJ at Luverdense MT12:20 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BPonte Preta SP at Atletico Goianiense12:20 PM PST
Colombia - Torneo PostobonU. d. Popayan at Expreso Rojo12:30 PM PST
Colombia - Torneo PostobonFC Aguablanca at Bogota FC12:30 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionCerro Porteno at General Diaz12:30 PM PST
Peru - Copa IncaUTC de Cajamarca at Los Caimanes1:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaReal Sociedad at Betis Sevilla1:00 PM PST
USA - MLSColorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders1:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraColon de Santa Fe at Atletico de Rafaela1:10 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraGimnasia y Esgrima at Argentinos Jrs2:10 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ASantos FC SP at Coritiba PR2:30 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionCA 3 de Febrero at Rubio Nu2:30 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaGuabira Montero at Universitario de Sucre3:00 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaOriente Petrolero at The Strongest3:00 PM PST
Ecuador - Serie ADeportivo Cuenca at El Nacional Quito3:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraSantos Laguna at Tiburones Rojos3:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraUnam Pumas at Cruz Azul3:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA Rosario Central at Velez Sarsfield3:20 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraRangers de Talca at O`higgins FC4:00 PM PST
USA - MLSFC Dallas at Washington DC Utd4:00 PM PST
NHLColumbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins4:05 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraQuilmes AC at Racing Club4:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AFluminense RJ at Palmeiras SP5:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BBoa Esporte Clube at ABC RN5:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BCeara CE at America Mineiro MG5:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraAtlas at Uanl Tigres5:00 PM PST
UFCJ Duke vs B Correia5:25 PM PST
UFCI VALLIE FLAGG vs T Gomi5:55 PM PST
UFCT Elliott vs J Benavidez6:20 PM PST
BOXINGJ Molina vs L MATTHYSSE6:30 PM PST
NHLMinnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche6:35 PM PST
UFCA Fili vs M Holloway7:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraCF Atlante at Jaguares de Chiapas7:00 PM PST
NHLLos Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks7:05 PM PST
BOXINGJ Diaz vs K Thurman7:15 PM PST
UFCY Medeiros vs J Miller7:25 PM PST
USA - MLSChivas Usa at San Jose Earthquakes7:30 PM PST
UFCT Boetsch vs L Rockhold8:00 PM PST
UFCA Johnson vs P Davis8:25 PM PST
UFCG Teixeira vs J Jones8:55 PM PST
04/27/2014
Spain - La LigaUD Almeria at Espanyol Barcelona03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionRecreativo Huelva at SD Eibar03:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ACatania Calcio at Hellas Verona03:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueCardiff City at Sunderland AFC04:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierHeart of Midlothian at Hibernian FC04:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Paris St Germain at FC Sochaux05:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Anzhi Makhachkala at FC Rostov05:00 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieAjax Amsterdam at Heracles Almelo05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieGo Ahead Eagles at Vitesse Arnhem05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieFC Utrecht at SC Heerenveen05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieCambuur Leeuwarden at Feyenoord Rotterdam05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieRKC Waalwijk at NAC Breda05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisiePSV Eindhoven at PEC Zwolle05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieFC Twente Enschede at NEC Nijmegen05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieFC Groningen at Roda JC Kerkrade05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieAZ Alkmaar at ADO Den Haag05:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AAC Chievo Verona at Sampdoria Genoa06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ALazio Roma at AS Livorno06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AParma FC at Cagliari Calcio06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AUdinese Calcio at Turin FC06:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueChelsea FC at Liverpool FC06:05 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaHamburger SV at FC Augsburg06:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionInstitucion Atletica at Mdeo. Wanderers FC06:30 AM PST
Scotland - PremierInverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic FC07:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Dinamo Moscow at RFK Terek Grozny07:30 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFC Vysocina Jihlava at FK Baumit Jablonec08:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFK Mlada Boleslav at FC Zbrojovka Brno08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1SC Bastia at Olympique Lyon08:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaAtletico Madrid at Valencia CF08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionTenerife CD at Real Jaen08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionHercules CF at CE Sabadell08:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueManchester City at Crystal Palace08:10 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaMonchengladbach at FC Schalke 0408:30 AM PST
Peru - Copa IncaInti Gas Deportes at Sporting Cristal09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionReal Madrid Castilla at Numancia CD09:15 AM PST
Spain - La LigaSevilla FC at Athletic Bilbao10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionReal Zaragoza at Girona FC10:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaSK Slavia Prague at Bohemians 190511:15 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraColo Colo at Nublense11:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AGenoa FC at Atalanta Bergamasca11:45 AM PST
Argentina - PrimeraGodoy Cruz A.t. at Estudiantes de La Plata12:00 PM PST
Argentina - Primera BCA Huracan at Independiente Rivadavia12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AInternacional RS at Botafogo RJ12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AFlamengo RJ at Corinthians SP12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ASao Paulo SP at Cruzeiro MG12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AAtletico Paranaense at Vitoria BA12:00 PM PST
France - Ligue 1FC Girondins Bordeaux at Lille Osc12:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaFC Barcelona at Villarreal CF12:00 PM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionAlcorcon AD at Real Murcia CF12:00 PM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionClub Nacional de Football at CA Penarol12:00 PM PST
USA - MLSPortland Timbers at Houston Dynamo12:00 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera Division12 de Octubre de Itaugua at Deportivo Capiata12:15 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaCA Nacional Potosi at Club Jorge Wilstermann12:30 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA All Boys at Atletico Lanus1:00 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionSol de America at Club Sportivo Luqueno1:00 PM PST
Venezuela - Primera DivisionAragua FC at Deportivo Petare1:30 PM PST
Venezuela - Primera DivisionMineros de Guayana at Atletico Venezuela1:30 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraArsenal de Sarandi at Boca Juniors2:15 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AChapecoense SC at Sport Recife PE2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AAtletico Mineiro MG at Gremio RS2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AEC Bahia BA at Figueirense FC2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ACriciuma SC at Goias GO2:30 PM PST
Venezuela - Primera DivisionDep. La Guaira at Deportivo Lara2:30 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraCD Cobreloa Calama at Universidad de Chile3:00 PM PST
Peru - Copa IncaClub Cienciano at Universitario de Deportes4:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraRiver Plate at Club Olimpo5:30 PM PST
05/03/2014
BOXINGM Maidana vs F Mayweather Jr8:00 PM PST
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