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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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FOOTBALL: 8/3/2014 - 11/3/2014
11/4/2014 - 2/1/2015
BASKETBALL 12/16/2014 - 1/12/2015
11/13/2014 - 12/15/2014
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New England Patriots
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Green Bay Packers
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Minnesota Vikings
12/21/2014
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Spain - Segunda DivisionBETIS vs. RACING03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionALBACETE vs. LLAGOSTERA03:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieV ARNHEM vs. HERACLES03:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AHELLAS vs. CHIEVO03:30 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBALIKESIRSPOR vs. KASIMPASA03:30 AM PST
Scotland - PremierDUNDEE UTD vs. CELTIC04:15 AM PST
Germany - 2nd Bundesliga1. FC KAISERSLAUTERN vs. SV SANDHAUSEN04:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaVFL BOCHUM vs. FC ERZGEBIRGE AUE04:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaSV DARMSTADT 98 vs. FC INGOLSTADT 0404:30 AM PST
France - Ligue 1O MARSEILLE vs. LILLE05:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANIONIOS vs. ATROMITOS05:00 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeaguePRESTATYN vs. BANGOR05:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueKAA GENT vs. STANDARD LIEGE05:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueNEWCASTLE vs. SUNDERLAND05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieNAC BREDA vs. FEYENOORD05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieEXCELSIOR vs. AJAX05:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AATALANTA vs. PALERMO06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AFIORENTINA vs. EMPOLI06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ASAMPDORIA vs. UDINESE06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ATORINO vs. GENOA06:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBURSASPOR vs. TRABZONSPOR06:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaHERTHA BERLIN vs. HOFFENHEIM06:30 AM PST
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Greece - Super LeagueERGOTELIS vs. GIANNINA07:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueNIKI VOLOU vs. PANAITOLIKOS07:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieTWENTE vs. WILLEM II07:45 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL vs. ARSENAL08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1ST ETIENNE vs. EVIAN08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaACAD DE COIMBRA vs. PENAFIEL08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaAROUCA vs. MARITIMO08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaMOREIRENSE vs. BOAVISTA08:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGRANADA vs. GETAFE08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionSP GIJON vs. ALCORCON08:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaFREIBURG vs. HANNOVER08:30 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueCLUB BRUGGE vs. KRC GENK09:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaBENFICA vs. GIL VICENTE09:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBESIKTAS JK vs. AKHISAR BELEDIYE GS09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionLEGANES vs. RECREATIVO09:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueLEVADIAKOS vs. P THESSALONIKI09:30 AM PST
NFLVikings vs Dolphins10:00 AM PST
NFLRavens vs Texans10:00 AM PST
NFLLions vs Bears10:00 AM PST
NFLBrowns vs Panthers10:00 AM PST
NFLFalcons vs Saints10:00 AM PST
NFLPackers vs Buccaneers10:00 AM PST
NFLChiefs vs Steelers10:00 AM PST
NFLPatriots vs Jets10:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaELCHE vs. MALAGA10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionVALLADOLID vs. BARCELONA B10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionU DEP LAS PALMAS vs. OSASUNA10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM TEL AVIV vs. M PETACH TIKVA10:15 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueSPORTING LOKEREN vs. KV KORTRIJK11:00 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaJ WILSTERMANN vs. NAC POTOSI11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaNAC MADEIRA vs. SPORTING11:15 AM PST
Italy - Serie AINTER vs. LAZIO11:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 1G BORDEAUX vs. O LYONNAIS12:00 PM PST
Peru - PrimeraSP CRISTAL vs. JUAN AURICH12:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaATH BILBAO vs. ATL MADRID12:00 PM PST
NBAKnicks vs Raptors12:35 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaBLOOMING vs. BOLIVAR1:00 PM PST
NFLGiants vs Rams1:05 PM PST
NFLBills vs Raiders1:25 PM PST
NFLColts vs Cowboys1:25 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraSANTIAGO WAND vs. PALESTINO1:30 PM PST
Ecuador - Serie AEMELEC vs. BARCELONA1:30 PM PST
NBAGrizzlies vs Cavaliers1:35 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIIND SANTA FE vs. IND MEDELLIN2:30 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Magic3:05 PM PST
NBACeltics vs Heat3:05 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Nets3:05 PM PST
NBALakers vs Kings3:05 PM PST
NBASuns vs Wizards3:05 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Thunder4:05 PM PST
NBAPacers vs Timberwolves4:05 PM PST
NFLSeahawks vs Cardinals5:30 PM PST
12/22/2014
Italy - SupercoppaJUVENTUS vs. NAPOLI09:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANATHINAIKOS vs. AOK KERKYRA09:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueB JERUSALEM vs. H BEER SHEVA10:55 AM PST
College FootballBYU vs Memphis11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSP BRAGA vs. P FERREIRA11:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSTOKE vs. CHELSEA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaRIO AVE vs. BELENENSES1:00 PM PST
NFLBroncos vs Bengals5:30 PM PST
12/23/2014
College FootballNorthern Illinois vs Marshall3:00 PM PST
College FootballNavy vs San Diego State6:30 PM PST
12/24/2014
College FootballCentral Michigan vs Western Kentucky09:00 AM PST
College FootballFresno State vs Rice5:00 PM PST
12/26/2014
College FootballIllinois vs Louisiana Tech10:00 AM PST
College FootballRutgers vs North Carolina1:30 PM PST
College FootballNC State vs Central Florida5:00 PM PST
12/27/2014
College FootballVirginia Tech vs Cincinnati10:00 AM PST
College FootballDuke vs Arizona State11:00 AM PST
College FootballMiami Florida vs South Carolina12:30 PM PST
College FootballPenn State vs Boston College1:30 PM PST
College FootballNebraska vs USC5:00 PM PST
12/29/2014
College FootballWest Virginia vs Texas A&M11:00 AM PST
College FootballClemson vs Oklahoma2:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas vs Arkansas6:00 PM PST
12/30/2014
College FootballNotre Dame vs LSU12:00 PM PST
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College FootballMaryland vs Stanford7:00 PM PST
12/31/2014
College FootballMississippi vs TCU09:30 AM PST
College FootballBoise State vs Arizona1:00 PM PST
College FootballGeorgia Tech vs Mississippi State5:00 PM PST
01/01/2015
College FootballWisconsin vs Auburn09:00 AM PST
College FootballMichigan State vs Baylor09:30 AM PST
College FootballMinnesota vs Missouri10:00 AM PST
College FootballFlorida State vs Oregon2:00 PM PST
College FootballOhio State vs Alabama5:30 PM PST
01/02/2015
College FootballPittsburgh vs Houston09:00 AM PST
College FootballIowa vs Tennessee12:20 PM PST
College FootballUCLA vs Kansas State3:45 PM PST
College FootballOklahoma State vs Washington7:15 PM PST
01/03/2015
College FootballEast Carolina vs Florida09:00 AM PST
01/04/2015
College FootballToledo vs Arkansas State6:00 PM PST

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