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2012 College Football Season Preview: Done With The Big East

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EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26:  Kashif Moore #6 of the Connecticut Huskies is tackled by Khaseem Greene #20 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26: Kashif Moore #6 of the Connecticut Huskies is tackled by Khaseem Greene #20 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And I am through with the first of six BCS conferences on the 2012 preview list: the Big East.

Team 2012 Preview Stat Profile
Cincinnati Bearcats X X
Connecticut Huskies X X
Louisville Cardinals X X
Pittsburgh Panthers X X
Rutgers Scarlet Knights X X
South Florida Bulls X X
Syracuse Orange X X
Temple Owls X X

Say what you will about the conference -- most of it is deserved -- but it does typically produce some pretty fascinating conference title races. This year shouldn't be any different; I see the conference breaking into, basically, three tiers.

Tier I: Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida
Tier II: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
Tier III: Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple

Any of the III's could end up in Tier II, but I struggle to figure out any of the II's who could end up in Tier I. And for that matter, I struggle to figure out which of the I's I think will actually take home the conference title. The numbers are going to like South Florida a decent amount, but I've been leaning toward Rutgers because of that defense.