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Report: Big East could have a spot at the new postseason table (sort of)

Mike Aresco AP

Yesterday morning, John noted that a seventh bowl game was possibly going to be added to the rotating playoff site mix. As it turns out, that extra spot — again, provided that little detail comes to fruition — could benefit the Big East.

According to longtime sports writer Mark Blaudschun, the seventh bowl would offer a guaranteed spot to the highest remaining ranked team available. Given that the Big East will have the likes of Boise State, Houston, Central Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati and other BCS busters, there’s a good chance that spot could go to the Big East more often than not. Here’s what Blaudschun writes:

A a 7th bowl will be part of the group, offering a guaranteed spot to the highest ranked team available.

While there will be guaranteed spots for the conference champions from the ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten,, the other conferences, including the Big East, will also have a guaranteed slot for the highest ranked team from that group.

Granted, it’s not a guarantee that the Big East will be the representing conference in a seventh bowl game (if there is one); it only guarantees a spot for the highest-ranked team available. Reportedly.

The concern for the Big East moving forward was that it would be left out of college football’s new postseason since it’s been stripped of practically all its cornerstone programs over the past decade. The Orange Bowl has reportedly opted to look into matchups between the ACC and either Notre Dame, the Big Ten or the SEC. That seemed like potentially devastating news for the Big East at the time. However, if there’s a seventh bowl game added to the playoff rotation and Blaudschun’s report is accurate, the Big East may not be left out of the cold entirely.

Really what the move would do is allow a mid-major Cinderella to play in a high-profile game while pretty much guaranteeing the representative isn’t a 2010 UConn (which went 8-4 that season).

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8 Responses to “Report: Big East could have a spot at the new postseason table (sort of)”
  1. fatcamper says: Sep 21, 2012 8:42 PM

    With the BSUs and TCUs of the world now in BCS conferences this should more often than not end up with the Big East. Lucky break for them, just in-time to finish their TV negotiations.

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:56 PM

    Doesn’t matter as there is very little interest in the Big East conference in regards to football as every team in the conference and joining the conference are all worthless teams that couldn’t get in a good conference.

  3. detroit20iron says: Sep 21, 2012 11:21 PM

    Matters to you apparently… Spewing the hate as usual.

  4. wustlumdnj says: Sep 22, 2012 7:20 AM

    “With the BSUs and TCUs of the world now in BCS conferences this should more often than not end up with the Big East”

    1. BSU is going to the big east.

    2. We are discussing the successor to the BCS system – there are no more AQ/BCS conferences.

  5. fatcamper says: Sep 22, 2012 8:04 AM

    @wustlumdnj
    It is still a force of habit to refer to the big 5 and the Big East as BCS conferences. I think everybody on this board knows full well where BSU is going, especially those looking at a Big East post.

    Thank you for bringing so much to the conversation. It wouldn’t be the same without guys like you on the internet.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:31 AM

    A 7-5 team from the Little East with that conferences competition in a major bowl is nothing but a joke. They need to be competing with other small schools not against the likes of the SEC, B1G, Big 12. A seventh bowl in the rotation is not needed and a waste of everyone’s time.

  7. martinporres says: Sep 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    Not to be devil’s advocate, but WVU won against those SEC and Big 12 teams three times and lost to none of them in the BCS games, so you can’t say the Big East doesn’t belong in those games. The UConn BCS game was bad, but the Big East has a pretty good BCS record thanks to WVU. Granted, WVU is gone now, so it has changed, but still–you never know until it happens.

  8. ru71 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    They psot that Big East Teams are worthless. RU just had a Hog Roast last night. These other conferences that are full of them sleves should wake up. Louiville, Cincinnati, RU and south Fla and OOOH Boise State and TCU are very capable teams

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