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Big East Divisions Announced

Posted: 11/13/2012 9:35 AM

Big East Divisions Announced 


The divisions are NOT permanent.
Just for '13 and '14, until Navy and at least one other expected team joins.
Then there will be a reshuffle.

http://espn.go.com/college-foo...visions-tuesday

Last edited 11/13/2012 1:25 PM by bearcatvol

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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:41 AM

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I wouldn't have minded West too much, but I definitely prefer East. Also, I'm not a huge fan of split-geography, but I'll be glad if Boise State is in our division.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 10:05 AM

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Really, really hope not the west. Much easier to do road games in Conn, phiily or Jersey, than texas and California.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 10:41 AM

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Absolutely no way that Cincy ends up in the West in the first 2 years of alignment.  I can see it happening when Navy and another team out west join in 2015 with UC and UL moving west and then Temple moving back east but until then we will be in the East.  I see the Big East trying to really push the Memphis-UL-UC "rivalry" pretty hard in 2015 and will probably have us play them in 2013 and 2014 as well.

Also, how easy of a road is it going to be for Boise to get to the title game the first 2 years?  SDSU is the only real competition that they have out there as of right now and the other programs are having really down seasons this year.  Hopefully they turn it around quickly.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 10:45 AM

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UCLemmiwinks wrote: I wouldn't have minded West too much, but I definitely prefer East. Also, I'm not a huge fan of split-geography, but I'll be glad if Boise State is in our division.

It appears like short term we are going east-west.... then once everyone is on board the zipper concept comes back into play.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:15 PM

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bearcatvol wrote:
UCLemmiwinks wrote: I wouldn't have minded West too much, but I definitely prefer East. Also, I'm not a huge fan of split-geography, but I'll be glad if Boise State is in our division.

It appears like short term we are going east-west.... then once everyone is on board the zipper concept comes back into play.
I don't think so... it'll likely be the following from 2015 onward if no teams jump to a better conference... they aren't going to go geographic for 2 years and then change the whole thing... The east is slightly better than the west but not by much... especially if SMU and SDSU emerge...

East
Connecticut
Rutgers
Temple
Cincinnati
Louisville
UCF
USF

West
Navy
Memphis
SMU
Houston
Boise St
BYU
SDSU
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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:24 PM

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President Ono just tweeted this.
https://twitter.com/PrezOno/st...0353664/photo/1

Its East-West with Temple the odd man out.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:39 PM

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bearcatvol wrote:
President Ono just tweeted this.
https://twitter.com/PrezOno/st...0353664/photo/1

Its East-West with Temple the odd man out.

SO....

East- Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, UCF and USF
West- Boise State, Houston, Memphis, SDSU, SMU, Temple
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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:43 PM

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Looking ahead-


League officials already have discussed how to split the divisions when the Big East grows to 14 teams.
Sources said the most popular 14-team model would then be Red and Blue divisions that are nongeographic.


The proposed Red Division in 2015 would consist of Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Navy, San Diego State, USF and SMU, while the Blue Division would consist of Boise State, Cincinnati, UCF, Houston, Rutgers, Temple and the 14th team.

Each team would play six games within its division and two games against the other division, including one permanent cross-division game.
The annual cross-division games would be Cincinnati-Louisville, UConn-Rutgers, Boise State-San Diego State, Houston-SMU, Navy-Temple, UCF-USF and Memphis versus the 14th team.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:46 PM

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It would be pretty sad to only play USF once every 7 years.  Those games have always been one of the ones that I look forward to the most.  With that being said I do think the Blue Division would be much more interesting and much more difficult to win assuming the 14th team is BYU.  You would have to think that Louisville would win the Red Division at least half of the time with the state of some of those programs.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:02 PM

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Ghostdad wrote: It would be pretty sad to only play USF once every 7 years.  Those games have always been one of the ones that I look forward to the most.  With that being said I do think the Blue Division would be much more interesting and much more difficult to win assuming the 14th team is BYU.  You would have to think that Louisville would win the Red Division at least half of the time with the state of some of those programs.

So going undefeated for the season and playing in the tougher Division would surely lock up one of the 4 playoff spots.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:06 PM

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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:12 PM

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Ragpicker wrote:
Ghostdad wrote: It would be pretty sad to only play USF once every 7 years.  Those games have always been one of the ones that I look forward to the most.  With that being said I do think the Blue Division would be much more interesting and much more difficult to win assuming the 14th team is BYU.  You would have to think that Louisville would win the Red Division at least half of the time with the state of some of those programs.

So going undefeated for the season and playing in the tougher Division would surely lock up one of the 4 playoff spots.

You both have good points. 
Clearly the Blue division looks tougher, which gives you a stronger SOS in shooting for the playoffs.
Red the easier road as of today.... but with college football... stuff like that shifts back and forth.

The one problem as ghost points out with an 8 game conference schedule you would only play a team OTHER THAN your locked in rival once every 7 years. 
Off in the distance that fact may push the schools to consider going to a 9 game league schedule.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:23 PM

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No matter how the divisions eventually line up...for fan interest and attendance, UC will have to have UL, Boise, Rutgers, Navy and AF/BYU regularly on their schedules.  Once every 5-7 years is silly and won't help us much.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:51 AM

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CardinalX3 wrote: No matter how the divisions eventually line up...for fan interest and attendance, UC will have to have UL, Boise, Rutgers, Navy and AF/BYU regularly on their schedules.  Once every 5-7 years is silly and won't help us much.

The way the proposed division stacks up we would play all of the teams you mentioned every year except Navy.
I could live with that.
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