Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Instead of going through analysis of given teams, for which I would probably just be guessing, I rather am going to assess each conferences schedules. In particular each conference Out of Conference schedules to see if they like the cupcakes or an actual challenge.
The Big East being the smallest of the major conferences winds up with the most out of conference games. Each team has at least one game against another BCS school with 5 of 8 having two or more. Pitt however is the only team in the conference to have not scheduled a Division 1-AA opponent. The biggest game for the conference will be the matchup between WVU and Auburn. A win and the conference should garner some legitimacy, a loss coupled with potential losses to Kansas, K St., Oklahoma and UVA and the Big East could be the laughing stock of the College Football World.
One things for certain, I do not want to hear any mention of Rutgers being a good team unless they knock of Louisville, WVU and South Florida as once again their out of conference schedule is a complete joke. If they lose to those 3 teams and Fresno St. they should not be allowed to go bowling no matter if they win 6 games or not.
1 Team To Sum Up the Conference: Cincy
Why does Cincy sum up the Big East's Out of Conference Schedule? Because they play a crap load of out of conference games. Because the Big East is so much smaller than every other conference, each team has a minimum of 5 out of conference games. But not Cincy, they upped the anti with a late season trip to Hawaii to get in that 13th game overall.
Sure no Big East team avoids a matchup with an opposing BCS school. But they all already are -1 in that category given only 7 conference games rather than 8. Each team should really be mandated to schedule 2 opposing BCS schools and until they start winning those games the Big East should continue to get no respect.