HOW THEY'LL FINISH
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Rutgers QB Mike Teel
Pitt RB LeSean McCoy
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Top performers from unranked teams in the conference
T, Sr., Louisville
The 6'2", 306-pound left tackle allowed two sacks over the past two seasons and was the foundation for an offense that ranked sixth in Division I-A last season.
DT, Sr., Cincinnati
He led the Bearcats with 17 tackles for loss last season, but he has been suspended for the opener against Eastern Kentucky because of a marijuana citation he received last March.
FS, Sr., Rutgers
A fourth-year starter who bypassed the NFL draft last spring, the hard-hitting 6'2", 210-pound safety has led the Scarlet Knights in tackles in two of his first three seasons.
DT, Jr., Syracuse
In his first year as a starter, the 6'4", 291-pound run-stopper, showing a remarkable ability to fight through double teams, was third in the conference with 17 1/2 tackles for loss.
LB, Sr., South Florida
A two-time transfer (from Michigan State and Iowa State), he set a Bulls record with 121 tackles last year, his first as a starter. He is moving from the outside to the middle.