With spring football concluded both espn and cnnsi came out with their post-spring rankings based on who left, who stayed, and who improved.
Cnnsi had the Panthers ranked #16 and had this to say:
Key returnees: RB Dion Lewis, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OT Jason Pinkston, DE Greg Romeus, S Dom DeCicco.
Spring star: LB Dan Mason.
Spring recap: Mason, who started two games at middle linebacker last year in place of injured Adam Gunn, could be the next star on a team loaded with them. The Panthers don't bring back a ton of starters, but some of the players they do return are elite. Romeus was the Big East defensive player of the year in 2009, and Lewis and Baldwin might be the nation's best back/receiver tandem.
The whole article can be found at: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andy_staples/05/03/post-spring/index.html?eref=sihp
Espn has the Panthers at #13 and had this to say:
13. Pittsburgh Panthers With former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly moving to Notre Dame, Pittsburgh might be the team to beat in the Big East. The Panthers were close to winning the last two Big East championships, but they couldn't beat the Bearcats. With tailback Dion Lewis and receiver Jonathan Baldwin coming back on offense, and end Greg Romeus returning to harass opposing quarterbacks, Pittsburgh might be poised to clear the last hurdle. Tino Sunseri beat out Pat Bostick for the starting quarterback job during the spring, and he'll replace departed fifth-year senior Bill Stull. The Panthers play an aggressive nonconference schedule, including a Sept. 2 opener at Utah.
This whole article can be found here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=5143606