Devine, Todman and more Big East love 

June, 30, 2010

To go along with's rollout of the Blue Ribbon Big East previews on Wednesday, I decided to turn my weekly top 10 list to a look at the Big East; specifically, 10 reasons to love the conference this year.

1. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia Mountaineers:
With apologies to Dominique Wilkins, this is college football's version of the Human Highlight Film. Despite battling a series of injuries, Devine -- whom coach Bill Stewart calls the most explosive man in college football -- still ran for almost 1,500 yards in 2009. He is must-see TV regardless of who WVU is playing just because he may come up with some cuts and moves that no one has ever seen. The first run on this clip is old, but still spectacular. The second clip is Devine running all over Maryland on a Thursday night.

2. The offense of the Cincinnati Bearcats:
Brian Kelly did a fantastic job with this program and sparked the Big East's top-ranked offense last year. But don't expect the fireworks show to fade out at Cincy now that Kelly has moved on to South Bend. Butch Jones has followed Kelly, same as he did when Kelly left Central Michigan. Jones' offenses were quite productive during his three seasons at CMU; Central scored 30 or more points in 21 games during Jones' tenure. The Chippewas posted at least 40 points 11 times, including five 50-point efforts. The 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons were the school's highest-scoring seasons since CMU joined the MAC in 1975. At Cincy, Jones inherits a slick dual-threat quarterback in Zach Collaros, the conference's runaway leader in passing efficiency to go with a dangerous running back, Isaiah Pead, and a crew of dangerous receivers in Armon Binns, D.J. Woods and USC transfer Vidal Hazelton -- plus a good tight end in Ben Guidugli.