Monday, December 6, 2010

Final Big East Football Standings


This weekend brought to a close the Big East football season. Those teams lucky enough to be bowl eligible will live to play another game. Other teams, such as Rutgers, stunk up the joint and their seasons are over.

Without further adieu we'll get to the final conference standings. Syracuse held on to second place in the conference for much of the season, however stalled down the stretch and finished the season in 4th place. Not bad for a school picked 7th in the pre-season picks by the "experts."

1. West Virginia 9-3 (5-2)
2. Connecticut 8-4 (5-2)
3. Pittsburgh 7-5 (5-2)
4. SYRACUSE 7-5 (4-3)
5. South Florida 7-5 (4-3)
6. Louisville 6-6 (3-4)
7. Cincinnati 4-8 (2-5)
8. Rutgers 4-8 (1-6)

By virtue of the conference tie-breakers, the University of Connecticut was named the Big East regular season champion, and earned the conference's automatic-BCS bowl bid. Overall, six of the conferences eight teams finished bowl eligible. Shockingly, the Cincinnati Bearcats who won the conference championship the last two seasons, will be home watching football for the remainder of the season. They finished 2nd to last in the conference and were not bowl eligible.

Connecticut will travel to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on New Years Day at 8:30PM on ESPN. They have the tall task of taking on the Big 12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners (11-2) in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Of course, the University of Phoenix has no sports program, but that shouldn't stop them from owning the naming rights to a stadium.

The Pittsburgh Panthers drew the BBVA Compass Bowl and their opponent will be the Kentucky Wildcats (6-6) on January 8th for a noon kickoff on ESPN. Having never heard of this bowl before, I took to the internet and discovered that it used to go by the "Birmingham Bowl" and also was once called the "PapaJohns.com Bowl." BBVA stands for "Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria." Yeah, bowl games are ridiculous. This game will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

West Virginia will be traveling to the Champs Sports Bowl and they are playing the North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4). Kickoff is December 28th at 6:30PM and the game will be televised on ESPN. This game is played the "Citrus Bowl" stadium, and is held annually in Orlando, Florida. Champs Sports Bowl is a better name than "Citrus Bowl," totally.

Running down the list of hilarious bowl names, the South Florida Bulls will be playing the Clemson Tigers (6-6) at the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Be sure to get your oil changed, and check your tire pressure before watching this one on New Years Eve at 12:00PM. Game will once again be televised on ESPN.

The Louisville Cardinals will be traveling to the infamous Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 21st. Their opponent will be the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (8-4). Kickoff is at 8:00PM and the game will once again be televised on ESPN (I'm starting to notice a trend here).

Last, but certainly never least, our very own Syracuse Orangemen have earned the right to play across the street from the former hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium. The Orangemen will play the Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the New Yankee Stadium on December 30th at 3:20PM on ESPN.

Hopefully the Big East can hold its own in these bowl games and save some face on the national scene, where the Big East took a beating this season. Many believe that the conference no longer deserves an automatic BCS qualifier. To those people, I say F&@K OFF!

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