The Big East


bgeast.jpgI’m pretty over all of the name calling from Big East defenders but I was a little irritated when I wrote the following.

Now? I really don’t care too much. It’s long, there’s a lot of numbers, and frankly the whole exercise seems kind of superfluous. But it’s finished, so I might as well post it as it seems kind of stupid to leave it sitting on my hard drive (famous last words)…

Maybe at some point I’ll try to cook up an argument for how the Big East is not the weakest of the six BCS conferences and their schedules are actually gauntlets that rival USC’s 2006 non-conference schedule of Arkansas, Nebraska, and Notre Dame. That seems a little more challenging.

Until then, feel free… It is too long for one post, so it’s here, here and here.

If you have no idea what this is about, then start here.

(* As in the University of Kentucky. Yes, I know what state Louisville is in.)

If you have no idea what this is about, then start here.

wanny.jpgI actually posted this as a comment in the original thread. But apparently people don’t read the comments because even when I explicitly asked that if people wanted to take shots, fire away, but try to come up with arguments a little more credible than: “You hate us, you’re an idiot,” or, “Your blog name is stupid, you’re an idiot,” I still got comments and emails like that almost verbatim.

Also, people, there was a entire list. Ten teams worth. There were even links at the bottom of every post. Still, someone came back with “Well what about Texas? Their schedule sucks.”

What about them? And yes it does. That’s why they made the Bottom 10. (more…)

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This seemed lost on many people but nowhere in the original post did it say anything like, “The Big East teams suck.” Two of the teams are pretty good. In fact it’s a safe bet that two Big East teams—West Virginia and Louisville—will finish the season in the Top 10 because 1) They are pretty good and 2) They have relatively easy schedules.

Louisville, should easily get to 10 wins (or more) because, even with a new coach, they’ve got great returning leadership (Brohm) and a totally manageable schedule. They have to travel to Morgantown, but they should be favored in every other game. (more…)

rayrice.jpgIf you have no idea what this is about, then start here.

There were a couple of comments and emails that made mention of Rutgers’ bowl win over Kansas State. The argument was that Rutgers’ win was indeed impressive because Kansas State had just beaten Texas a few weeks before. Ergo, our conference is good.

Again, this didn’t even address this year’s schedules, but was more about defending the Big East’s legitimacy in general. So, I’ll take the bait…

Yes, Kansas State beat Texas in one of the bigger upsets of the season. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, given what happened earlier that Saturday, the Horns were in line to make a run at the BCS title game had they won out. That made it a little more impressive given what the Horns had to play for. (more…)

It’s never too early to talk college football. Never. Even if the calendar say it’s barely summer, fall cannot get here fast enough. So over the next two weeks or so, Kermit the Blog will count down the 10 Easiest Schedules of the 2007 College Football season. We’re aiming for one a day (weekday… generally), but we’re lazy, so it might take longer. Thankfully we’ve got time.

Enjoy.

#1 The Entire Big East Conference

bigeast-200.jpgI can already here the whining. “Uh, the Big East went undefeated (5-0) in bowl games last season and was the only conference to do so.” (A far better complaint would be: “Uh, dude. You’ve got eight teams tied at first.”)

Here’s why that’s a misleading if not meaningless statistic. To get to that 5-0 mark, Big Least teams beat East Carolina, Western Michigan, Wake Forest, Kansas State, and Georgia Tech. Only one of those teams even finished the season ranked (Wake Forest #18). (more…)