While the ACC has earned most of the national attention that has come from conference realignment, the Big East will unveil its new eight-team football league this fall. National expectations are low for the conference as a whole; while Louisville and Pittsburgh look like solid clubs, there's not much to separate the conference's other six teams.
The fact that the Cardinals and Panthers are overwhelming favorites to win the Big East crown is evident in the Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big East team. Louisville placed 12 players on the first or second team, while Pittsburgh was represented by nine players, including eight who made the first team.
As for parity among the rest of the league, each of the other six teams had at least four players chosen, led by Rutgers with eight, and only Cincinnati failed to land a player on the first team. The following is the Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big East team.
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