I put the question to you last week -- who will have the best offense in the Big East in 2012?
You responded in a big way, with over 2,200 votes. Rutgers won the poll, with 26 percent of the vote. USF was at No. 2, then Louisville and Cincinnati. I put an "other" category because I was curious to hear what you had to say about any other team with the potential to have a good offense. For those wondering, our polls only go up to five choices, which is why I did not include all eight.
Many of you made the case for Pitt. I understand Ray Graham is set to return, and that obviously is a huge plus. But until some major questions are answered at quarterback, offensive line and receiver, it is hard to envision the Panthers having the best offense in the Big East, as of today. Plus, there is going to be a change in scheme. I believe coach Paul Chryst will get this offense turned around, but I am not sure how quickly it happens in Year 1.
Overall, there are a lot of questions about every offense in the league. There are no superstar quarterbacks, and no superstar receivers. That talent is going to have to be developed. But the Big East has not really been an offensive league in recent history. Defense has dominated, and that may be the case again in 2012.
Now here are some of your comments:
anthonyphillips84: I see USF turning a corner this year. People have been saying that for a long time but I feel this team has a lot of potential with the amount of experience and talent that is coming back this year. It's always wait and see with USF but I think there is a lot of potential for success with OOC games with FSU, Miami, Nevada (away) I think they can go into conference play ranked once again and hopefully for the first time we can take that play into conference.
snubbed1: My vote is going to SU. Top returning receiver plus the return of (Marcus) Sales who is a legit deep threat, big play receiver. A capable QB who could have a break out season if he can get some pass protection. The running back position is up in the air, but (Adonis Ameen) Moore is a bull up the middle and Prince-Tyson Gulley has speed to get around the corner, but our line that couldn't protect (Ryan) Nassib, was able to open enough holes for (Antwon) Bailey to gain 1,000 yards, same thing again this year. Only 2 guys are gone from the O-line and that means the remaining guys have started together for the last 2 seasons, not saying they'll be great, but they should be bigger and somewhat better.
CardsFanTX: I had to vote "Other" on this one. The other = Pitt. With Ray Graham's return and some good backups and a serviceable OL, they will probably lead the league in rushing. And I think (Paul) Chryst will simplify the passing schemes enough to make (Tino) Sunseri more comfortable and successful. After Pitt, I think Louisville will emerge as a solid offense this year. Probably not stellar numbers because that's just not (Charlie) Strong's style, but consistently good. I definitely think offense is a concern for Cincy and Rutgers and USF.
RutgersBallHardU: If Rutgers; running game improves, if our QB is good, then RU will definitely have the best offense, because of the WRs we got, and with our D. Looking like a hard challenge to beat.
hail2pitt02: Leaving out the team with easily the best RB corp? Not to mention, a QB better than (B.J.) Daniels, and statistically better than either QB choice for Rutgers (based off of completion percentage and quarterback rating) and the early runner for Cincy's QB spot - Munchie (Legaux)- with his mighty 47 percent completion rate, and losing (Isaiah) Pead. Right. PITT will have a better offense than USF and Rutgers at the very least. In terms of points per game, it might not match Cincy, but in effectiveness it will surpass them easily. Immediately tossing out the best player in the Big East is a joke.