Turnovers. Cincinnati was last in the Big East in takeaways and turnovers, a devastating cocktail that exacerbated the programís problems. It has to revert back to 2009, when it was far more opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball.
Getting more from the quarterback position. The early departure of RB Jordan Todman means the Huskies wonít be nearly as dangerous on the ground, even though the team is still built to run the ball. After finishing 112th nationally in passing efficiency, the passing game must be a bigger factor in 2011. It will be.
Developing a capable quarterback. Adam Froman and Justin Burke graduate, and neither were exactly legendary Cardinal passers. In their place, however, is almost no experience, meaning one of the top-flight rookies, hopefully Teddy Bridgewater, could get the ball right away.
Red zone scoring. The Panthers have to do a better job of scoring touchdowns when they move deep into enemy territory. They were among the nationís worst in this area last year, routinely sputtering and leaning on PK Dan Hutchins.
The offensive line. For the second straight year, Rutgers was a sieve in pass protection, allowing a nationís-high 61 sacks. If the line canít be patched up in a hurry, nothing the backs or receivers do will matter for the second year in a row.
- South Florida
Improving offensive efficiency. The Bulls were 113th nationally in third down conversions and 98th in red zone touchdowns, the kinds of numbers thatíll keep the team from reaching its goals if they canít improve dramatically.
The offensive line. LT Justin Pugh is a nice building block, but two starters are graduating and the entire unit needs to evolve. The Orange was 93rd nationally in sacks allowed and averaged just four yards a carry.
- West Virginia
Scoring touchdowns in the red zone. The Mountaineers ranked 74th nationally in this area, which didnít match their speed and overall talent. They have to start maximizing their potential, which is where Dana Holgorsenís expertise will come into play.