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Sporting News picks Pitt, Athlon likes Cincinnati

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

On Thursday we got word that Phil Steele has picked Rutgers to win the Big East and is ranking the Scarlet Knights 16th in the nation.

The Sporting News' college football yearbook disagrees and picks Pittsburgh to win the conference and play in the Sugar Bowl.

"Dave Wannstedt has the personnel in place," the magazine says in casting its lot with the Panthers.

Meanwhile, Athlon's preview ranks Cincinnati as the team to beat in the Big East and places the Bearcats No. 18 nationally. Athlon says Pitt will finish fourth in the league.

Three publications, three wildly different predictions. Yep, it's going to be a fun year in the Big East.