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Big East releases 2012 schedule

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With departure of West Virginia to the Big 12 and addition of Temple finalized, the Big East has released its 2012 schedule much to the anticipation of a dozen of you.

(Hey, we’re proud of ya for sticking by your team)

A few things that pop out when glancing over the schedule:

This year’s non-conference slate provides plenty of opportunities, once again, for the Big East to prove its worth. Granted, Syracuse’s Sept. 8 meeting against USC at MetLife Stadium in NJ may not be much of a contest — seeing as the Trojans look to be preseason BCS championship material and all — but the Orange do get the Trojans practically in SU’s backyard.

The biggest priority for the Big East should be, as it is every year, to be competitive with the ACC. Non-conference games against Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and North Carolina State all provide valuable opportunities.

There will be plenty of eyes on Temple this year to see how the Owls do in their first year in the Big East since being given the hoot boot in 2004. Temple gets four conference home games this year — always a plus — and the home stretch looks on paper to be favorable.

Then again, the Big East is has been unpredictable and filled with parity in recent years (the conference spins it as “wide open”; Bill Stewart called it the “black and blue league.” We’re not that gullible). Overall, the schedule looks pretty balanced, with no one team getting a real advantage over the other. However, the conference does like to back-load games that could potentially decide the conference’s BCS bid. Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse and Cincinnati all look to be in that mix.

Anyway, without any further delay, here’s how the schedule shakes out:

CINCINNATI
Thu., Sept. 6 PITTSBURGH
Sat., Sept. 15 Delaware State
Sat., Sept. 29 vs. Virginia Tech (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)
Sat., Oct. 6 Miami (Ohio)
Sat., Oct. 13 Fordham
Sat., Oct. 20 at Toledo
Sat., Oct. 27 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 3 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 10 at TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 17 RUTGERS
Fri., Nov. 23 USF
Sat., Dec. 1 at CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT
Thu., Aug. 30 Massachusetts
Sat., Sept. 8 North Carolina State
Sat., Sept. 15 at Maryland
Sat., Sept. 22 at Western Michigan
Sat., Sept. 29 Buffalo
Sat., Oct. 6 at RUTGERS
Sat., Oct. 13 TEMPLE
Fri., Oct. 19 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 3 at USF
Fri., Nov. 9 PITTSBURGH
Sat., Nov. 24 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Dec. 1 CINCINNATI

LOUISVILLE
Sat., Sept. 1 Kentucky
Sat., Sept. 8 Missouri State
Sat., Sept. 15 North Carolina
Sat., Sept. 22 at Florida International
Sat., Sept. 29 at Southern Mississippi
Sat., Oct. 13 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Oct. 20 USF
Fri., Oct. 26 CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 3 TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 10 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 24 CONNECTICUT
Thu., Nov. 29 at RUTGERS

PITTSBURGH
Sat., Sept. 1 Youngstown State
Thu., Sept. 6 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Sept. 15 Virginia Tech
Sat., Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb
Fri., Oct. 5 at SYRACUSE
Sat., Oct. 13 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 20 at Buffalo
Sat., Oct. 27 TEMPLE
Sat., Nov. 3 at Notre Dame
Fri., Nov. 9 at CONNECTICUT
Sat., Nov. 24 RUTGERS
Sat., Dec. 1 at USF

RUTGERS
Sat., Sept. 1 at Tulane
Sat., Sept. 8 Howard
Sat., Sept. 15 at USF (date subject to change)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Arkansas
Sat., Oct. 6 CONNECTICUT
Sat., Oct. 13 SYRACUSE
Sat., Oct. 20 at TEMPLE
Sat., Oct. 27 Kent State
Sat., Nov. 10 Army
Sat., Nov. 17 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 24 at PITTSBURGH
Thu., Nov. 29 LOUISVILLE

USF
Sat., Sept. 1 Chattanooga
Sat., Sept. 8 at Nevada
Sat., Sept. 15 RUTGERS (date subject to change)
Sat., Sept. 22 at Ball State
Sat., Sept. 29 Florida State
Sat., Oct. 6 at TEMPLE
Sat., Oct. 20 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Oct. 27 SYRACUSE
Sat., Nov. 3 CONNECTICUT
Sat., Nov. 17 at Miami (Fla.)
Fri., Nov. 23 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Dec. 1 PITTSBURGH

SYRACUSE
Sat., Sept. 1 Northwestern
Sat., Sept. 8 Southern California (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Sat., Sept. 15 Stony Brook
Sat., Sept. 22 at Minnesota
Fri., Oct. 5 PITTSBURGH
Sat., Oct. 13 at RUTGERS
Fri., Oct. 19 CONNECTICUT
Sat., Oct. 27 at USF
Sat., Nov. 3 at CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 10 LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 17 at Missouri
Fri., Nov. 23 at TEMPLE

TEMPLE
Fri., Aug. 31 Villanova
Sat., Sept. 8 Maryland
Sat., Sept. 22 at Penn State
Sat., Oct. 6 USF
Sat., Oct. 13 at CONNECTICUT
Sat., Oct. 20 RUTGERS
Sat., Oct. 27 at PITTSBURGH
Sat., Nov. 3 at LOUISVILLE
Sat., Nov. 10 CINCINNATI
Sat., Nov. 17 at Army
Fri., Nov. 23 SYRACUSE

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19 Responses to “Big East releases 2012 schedule”
  1. timh1955 says: Mar 27, 2012 2:43 PM

    What a worthless conference! This is on the level of the WAC conference and I can’t believe it’s a BCS AQ conference.

  2. ajarkoski says: Mar 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    What happened to Notre Dame playing at least 3 Big East teams? Unless they are having trouble keeping track of who is a BE team these days. Only see Pitt and BC doesn’t count anymore. I think they should be given the boot for non-compliance! Join the league, make it your own, or there’s the door! It is tough being a BIG EAST fan these days.

  3. cubano76 says: Mar 27, 2012 2:58 PM

    Sat., Sept. 15 at Maryland

    Will this be Randy Edsall’s last day as MD’s Head Coach?

  4. cubano76 says: Mar 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    “much to the anticipation of a dozen of you.” Well played!

  5. thefiesty1 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:53 PM

    Weak, weak weak. It’s no wonder this conference is falling apart. Take away their AQ status NOW. Nobody wants to see any of this bunch in a bowl game much less a BcS game. Just drop down to D-II already.

  6. olskool711 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:49 PM

    He, He, He

    YEA!

    Damnit!

    We want to see a rematch of the michigan vs. virginia tech sugar bowl

    We want another rematch “tiebreaker of the universe” crystal ball championship (of nothing) game.

    Do you think we can get that awesome clemson team to do another bcs game next year?

    What would the rose bowl be without wisconsin stinking it up this new years?

    We cannot tarnish the integrity and dignity that is the bcs championship series! Oh, no…

    Ha, Ha, Ha

  7. wvucolumbus says: Mar 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    At least USF has a respectable schedule….as opposed to the rest of the league.

    How embarrassing! Since WVU is no longer in the league, the powers within the BCS should literally pull the automatic bid for the Big East prior to the 2012 football season.

  8. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:48 AM

    Conference does look weak this year, but its a one year blip. Gaining Boise State is a draw with losing WVU. Tradition aside, Pitt for Houston is currently an even trade. Syracuse hasn’t been anything special for 15 years, so swapping them for SDSU is even too.

  9. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:52 AM

    Make no mistake in reading my previous post though – the Big East will not be mistaken for the SEC any time soon. The goal of surpasing the ACC in the next few years is a realistic goal to shoot for though.

  10. timh1955 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    I think the ACC is MUCH stronger than the Big East! The ACC has Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson which are all strong programs. The Big East has absolutely nothing including Boise State. The Big East is a basketball conference and should get out of football.

  11. rjf5000 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Big East will not be around in 5 years. When Louisville bolts to the Big 12 what’s the point of keeping the conference together. When the ACC recruits UCONN and Rugters the conference is done.

    Give it up Big East your conference is over, it is just on life support. The conference is adding any team it can to keep it’s BCS bid alive. It is now a watered down conference with a few decent all around sports teams. Honestly, Louisville (soon to be big 12), UCONN/Rugters (ACC), Boise St (when they join the Big Least) will go to the PAC 12 when they expand. The rest of the teams will be picked off by the new Conference USA/MWC merger or any of the lesser conferences like MAC or Sunbelt.

    What is the point of keeping a conference together that has such an active revolving door of teams coming and going in the last few years?

  12. timh1955 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    Boise State doesn’t have the academics to go to the PAC12 and I think they should go to the Big12 even the Big 12 keeps getting weaker and weaker and I have doubts they will be around 10 years from now. I agree with you that the Big East will be gone within five years…..and it should be.

  13. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:50 PM

    I think you have the cart way before the horse in assuming all those teams will still be jumping conferences. The elimination of AQ status is going to slow that train down.

    There is, in my opinion, only one thing that will start the major realignment train back down the tracks: a conference champs only “final four”. Its the one thing that forces Notre Dame to join a conference. And every single conference will be putting on the full court press to land them. Lots of dominos will fall after that for sure.

  14. rjf5000 says: Mar 28, 2012 2:12 PM

    timh1955 says:
    Mar 28, 2012 12:47 PM
    Boise State doesn’t have the academics to go to the PAC12 and I think they should go to the Big12 even the Big 12 keeps getting weaker and weaker and I have doubts they will be around 10 years from now. I agree with you that the Big East will be gone within five years…..and it should be.

    Your an idiot!

    Boise St may not have the greatest academics but they have a very good, respectable football team, which brings in the $$$ despite being in a so-so TV market. Boise St brings a lot to the table (football) and geographically they make since for the PAC 12. They will be added down the road when they (PAC 12) expand. Who else is can the PAC 12 get out West outside of BYU, Colorado St, or Airforce? BYU is shown to be a pain in the azz to deal cards with.

    For the Big 12, the conference is in far better shape than what a lot of overpaid critics and undereducated sports fans give it credit. Sure it has issues yet to be resolved but with the new TV contracts being ironed out the conference is here to stay for the next 10 years plus (about 20 million per school.) When the Big 12 starts expanding and it will in the next couple years and adds quality schools expect that 20 million plus contract per school to jump dramatically in dollar amount each year for a 12 (being the most likely), 14, 16 Big 12 team conference.

    The new Big 12 (with TCU/WVU not TAMU/MIZZU) has 6 teams ranked on AP football poll. Not bad for a conference with 10 teams at the moment.

  15. timh1955 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:09 PM

    I would like to the link to that AP poll you mentioned as I didn’t realize the 2012 rankings were out and I don’t think you would be using the 2011 final rankings.

  16. timh1955 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    The PAC12 didn’t want Boise State last year and neither did any other conference except the MWC and Big East. It’s common knowledge that the big reason the PAC12 didn’t want BSU was the academics and graduation rates are very sub par and no where close the the level of the schools in the PAC12. Not to mention that no one wants the other sports programs of BSU (except the WAC) as they are at a junior college level.

  17. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:58 AM

    @timh1955 – so I guess your babble perfectly explains why Boise’s wrestling team competes in the PAC 12 already? The olympic sports aren’t great by any stretch, but don’t insult them by lumping them in with junior colleges. You’re just being extreme to try to prove some point. Facts do a better job of proving a point most of the time…

    The reason no other conference wanted them last year is the fact that they have a small stadium and Boise’s TV market footprint is of little value in the grand scheme of things.

  18. timh1955 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:50 AM

    @fcmlefty1 – Then please explain why even the Big East took BSU football program but not any of the other sports programs at BSU. Could it be because the other sports would be an embarrassment to the Big East? Maybe that’s because they are at the junior college level??

  19. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    Notice they didn’t take SDSU’s olympic programs too? Its because its not feasible to travel all of the olympic sports on tons of cross country trips during thier respective seasons. This lack of feasibility works both ways – for Boise and SDSU (too many weekly trips into the eastern time zone) and also for the other members of the Big East (too many trips out West – big travel + 9:00 or 10:00 week night start times are beneficial to nobody).

    This isn’t an issue for football, because its at most 4 trips East for Boise and SDSU, and only one trip west for the other members (it’s dang near a certainty that no team from the eastern most schools of the Big East will ever play in Boise and San Diego in the same season), and the start times aren’t as much of an issue when dealing primarily with saturdays.

    None of this is really rocket science. Just take off your blinders for a second…

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