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2013 Big East Soccer: The Best Soccer League In The Country?

College Soccer News put out their preseason top 30 list yesterday, and I can't help but wonder when I look at the list.

Adam Lysak (minus purple cleats) and the Golden Eagles face a stiff test in league play.
Adam Lysak (minus purple cleats) and the Golden Eagles face a stiff test in league play.
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First off, the good news: The Big East has three teams in the top eight, including YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles at #8 in the country. The other two teams are Georgetown at #2 and Creighton at #4. If you keep reading down the list, you'll see that St. John's pops in at #21 and Xavier is right behind the Red Storm at #22.

The natural inclination on reading preseason lists like this is to figure out which conference has the most teams included, especially when your league has five out of thirty teams. Not surprisingly, the Big East is tied for the most teams in CSN's top 30 with the ACC. Heck, you can go so far as to say that they're tied with five teams each in the top 22, as Wake Forest is the lowest ranked ACC team at 18.

The question has to be asked: Is the Big East the best soccer league in the country?

I think you can answer 'yes' to that question.

The Big East has half the damn league in the top 22, while the ACC has five of their 12 teams (yes, 12, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Miami don't play men's soccer) in the top 18. But the Big East has three teams in the top eight, while the ACC has only two. They do make up for it by putting both Maryland and North Carolina in the top four, though.

Agree? Disagree? That's what the poll and the comments section is for!

(h/t to Creighton SID Rob Anderson for the tweet that started the idea)