The Sporting News obviously thinks West Virginia and Louisville will dominate the Big East football competition this fall.

Seven players from each of those two schools are on the 2006 Sporting News All-Big East preseason first team.

What’s more, TSN has three Mountaineers and three Cardinals on its second team. There also are seven from each on the All-America checklist. That publication couldn’t have put these two national powers any closer in its projections for the upcoming season.

Representing WVU on the No. 1 all-league offense are running back Steve Slaton, wide receiver Brandon Myles, center Dan Mozes and guard Jeremy Sheffey.

Tackle Keilein Dykes, linebacker Kevin “Boo” McLee, and safety Eric Wicks are on the first-team defensive unit.

Mountaineers making TSN’s second team are quarterback Pat White, tackle Jake Figner, and guard Ryan Stanchek.

Louisville’s first-teamers on offense include quarterback Brian Brohm, running back Michael Bush, wide receiver Mario Urrutia and guard Kurt Quarterman.

Those on defense are end Zach Anderson, tackle Amobi Okoye and kicker Art Carmody.

The Cardinals on the second team are center Eric Wood, linebacker Nate Harris and safety Brandon Sharp.

TSN rates Mozes as the No. 1 center in the nation, and he is listed on its All-America first-team checklist. Slaton made the All-America second team and is rated No. 4 among the country’s RBs.

Other Mountaineers on the checklist: McLee, No. 6 outside LB nationally; Wicks, No. 7 strong safety; White, No. 8 among quarterbacks; Sheffey, the nation’s No. 16 guard; and Owen Schmitt, No. 10 fullback.

Louisville players on the All-America checklist:

Brohm, rated No. 6 quarterback; Carmody, No. 7 kicker; Quarterman, No. 8 guard; Bush, No. 11 RB; Urrutia, No. 16 receiver; Harris, No. 8 inside LB; and Wood, No. 20 center.

Brohm was named Big East offensive player of the year and Pitt linebacker H.B. Blades defensive player of the year.

Pitt and South Florida placed three players each on the all-league first team, Connecticut and Rutgers two each, and Syracuse one.

TSN’s 2006 National College Football Yearbook will go on sale in June.

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