Big East’s new look in 2013; Two Divisions, East & West?

December 6th, 2011

The Big East is in a transitional period in their conference in regards to college football. Gone is the 8 team conference that fans have known for the past several years as the Big East moves on after defections and looks to become a power in the world of college football once again. The shakeup that began with the defections of both Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC and later West Virginia to the Big 12 will come full circle as the Big East’s rumored expansion efforts appear to be made official later this week. Here is what we expect to see for the Big East football season in 2013:

Big East - East Division

  • Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Connecticut Huskies
  • Louisville Cardinals
  • Navy Midshipmen
  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  • South Florida Bulls

Big East - West Division

  • Air Force Falcons
  • Boise State Broncos
  • Houston Cougars
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • SMU Mustangs
  • UCF Knights
While a divisional format is not yet known for sure, this could easily be changed due to UCF not being geographically a fit for the West Division of the new-look Big East Conference.

Big East sees major shakeup in conference realignment

October 29th, 2011

The Big East Conference started the 2011 college football season with 8 football members having Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia all fighting it out in the Big East football standings. But the future of the Big East in terms of football, possibly as early at 2012, will look much different. After Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their departure for the ACC the conference was left with just six, and with West Virginia’s announced move to the Big 12 the Big East dwindles to just five.

UConn tops Big East rival Cincinnati to advance to Sweet 16

March 20th, 2011

The Connecticut Huskies won five Big East Tournament games last week. Now, they’ve won the sixth round and knocked another league opponent out of a tournament.

Connecticut pulled away late to topple the Cincinnati Bearcats in a game that ended after midnight in Washington, D.C. The victory sends coach Jim Calhoun’s UConn crew to Anaheim, California, for a West Regional semifinal showdown in the 2011 NCAA Tournament with second-seeded San Diego State.

The long and short of this conference clash (in what is supposed to be an intersectional and national tournament) is that UConn had Kemba Walker while Cincinnati didn’t. Walker was clearly the best player on the floor, showing no signs of mental fatigue after his tour de force at the Big East Tournament, a five-day grind the likes of which no one in college basketball had ever endured before. It was Walker’s three-point shot with 3:51 left that broke open a tight game, giving the third seed a 58-50 lead over the sixth-seeded sons of Cincinnati. UConn cruised down the stretch to reach the 13th Sweet 16 in the Calhoun era.

By Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer

UConn upsets Pittsburgh to advance in Big East Tournament

March 10th, 2011

The Big East Tournament started the day off on the right foot today making sure not to disappoint as #9 UConn upset the #1 seed Pitt Panthers on a buzzer-beater. Pitt, the #3 team in the nation and #1 seed in the Big East Tournament, is now eliminated from the conference tourney and will await their fate on Selection Sunday to see where they go and their seed for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Big East sees 6 schools in bowl games

December 10th, 2010

Sports fans across the globe can agree that college bowl season is indeed “the most wonderful time of the year.” With 35 college football games and 70 teams looking to finish their season off with a big win, these bowl games can have a major impact on recruiting and the development of younger players as well as on tradition and pride. Because of all of this excitement around the bowl season, picking teams in the college bowl pick ‘em contests has become somewhat of a tradition in offices and amongst friends.

The 2010-2011 bowl season will see six Big East teams extending their season with the bowl eligible minimum of 6 wins lead by the UConn Huskies. Connecticut won the Big East’s BCS bid marking their first BCS Bowl game and resulting in an increased demand for UConn apparel & merchandise across the USA. Here is a look at the 2010-2011 bowls for those six Big East schools:

  • St. Petersburg Bowl - Louisville vs Southern Miss
  • Champs Bowl - West Virginia vs NC State
  • Pinstripe Bowl - Syracuse vs Kansas State
  • Meineke Bowl -South Florida vs Clemson
  • Fiesta Bowl - Connecticut vs Oklahoma
  • Compass Bowl - Pittsburgh vs Kentucky
  • Big East bowl games begin tonight

    December 19th, 2009

    The Big East Conference’s first bowl game will pit Rutgers against an athletic Central Florida squad.  Conference runner-up Pitt will face Butch Davis’ North Carolina Tar Heels on December 26th.  Legendary Head Coach Bobby Bowden, in his last game, will face his old squad as West Virginia battles Bowden’s Seminoles on January 1st in the Gator Bowl.  The conference’s only BCS game features Cincinnati vs. Florida.  The Bearcats will not have Brian Kelly on the sidelines as they battle Tim Tebow and the Gators on January 1st in the Sugar Bowl.  South Florida faces Northern Illinois and South Carolina faces UCONN on January 2nd to wrap up the bowl schedule for the Big East in 2009-2010.

    Bearcats headed back to the BCS to face Florida

    December 8th, 2009

    The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Pitt Panthers in Pittsburgh on Saturday in what was a thrilling comeback. The Bearcats trailed by 21 points before storming back for a 45-44 victory in the de facto Big East Championship Game.  The Panthers scored a touchdown to take the lead late in the 4th Quarter but missed an extra point which turned out to be the difference.  Bearcat WR Mardy Gilyard was phenomenal in the return game scoring on a 99 yard kickoff return and equally astonishing in the passing game hauling in 5 passes for 118 yards and a score.  Tony Pike shrugged off a rough start finishing with 302 yards and 3 touchdown passes.  Pitt freshmen RB Dion Lewis was unstoppable rushing for 194 yards and 3 scores.  The loss sent the Panthers to Charlotte where they will face North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.  Quite possibly the biggest victory in the history of Bearcat football sent them to the Sugar Bowl on January 1st where they will face the defending National Champion Florida Gators. Fans can find the entire college bowl schedule online to see when and where each Big East bowl team is playing.

    Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh matchup will decide Big East title

    December 3rd, 2009

    The Cincinnati Bearcat defense looked bad once again but their offense was superb.  Tony Pike returned to the field in impressive fashion throwing six touchdowns. The #5 Bearcats will have their toughest test of the season as they travel to Pittsburgh for the Big East Championship.  The Panthers had nothing to gain or lose in the back yard brawl against West Virginia.  Their lack of focus was on full display as the Mountaineers held on for a 19-16 victory.  The loss dropped Pitt down six spots to #15 which truly means nothing as a victory over Cincinnati will send Pitt to a BCS game.  West Virginia climbed back into the Top 25 rankings at #23 with the win over Pitt as WVU shirts & apparel continue to fly off the shelves along with the new WVU Snuggies.

    Bearcats, Panthers face stiff tests on Friday

    November 26th, 2009

    The Cincinnati Bearcats remained at #5 on their bye week.  They will face an athletic Illinois team on November 27th on national television.  The Pitt Panthers also stayed put on their bye week.  The #9 Panthers will face arch rival West Virginia on the 27th.  The Panthers and Bearcats will square off on December 5th in Heinz Field. The latest bowl predictions have Pitt playing in the Sugar Bowl against Florida with Cincinnati facing Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl on January 1st.

    Cincinnati, Pittsburgh seem destined for showdown

    November 18th, 2009

    The Cincinnati Bearcats survived again last week, escaping with a 24-21 victory over West Virginia.  The victory held the Bearcats at #5.  Cincinnati will have a week off before hosting Illinois on November 27th.  The Pitt Panthers defeated Notre Dame in thrilling fashion 27-22 in front of a national primetime crowd.  The win moved Pitt up 3 slots to # 9.  The Panthers will have a week off before hosting West Virginia in the back yard brawl on the 27th. Meanwhile, fans can celebrate Pitt’s 2009 success with Pitt Panthers Snuggie blankets which make great holiday gifts.