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Report: no Big East divisions in 2013

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The departures of Boise State and San Diego State — or, rather, their decisions to stay in the Mountain West — will, as one would imagine, have an immediate impact on the Big East’s schedule in 2013.

The 10-team football league will not have divisions in 2013 as was originally planned according to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. However, the conference will not play a nine-game, round robin schedule like the Big 12 does. Instead, each conference member will play eight league games and skip one other Big East member.

From McMurphy’s report:

League members will play eight Big East games, facing every school except one. Big East teams that will not play each other in 2013: UCF and Cincinnati; UConn and Houston; Louisville and SMU; Memphis and Rutgers; and USF and Temple.

Instead of playing the Broncos and Aztecs, Temple plays Cincinnati and Louisville; SMU plays Rutgers and Cincinnati; Memphis plays UCF and UConn; Houston plays Cincinnati and Louisville; Louisville plays Temple and Houston; and Cincinnati plays SMU and Temple.

ESPN also has a list of home and away conference games for each member HERE.

Rutgers is slated to join the Big Ten conference after a 27-month waiting period, but the Scarlet Knights could manage to get out of that waiting period with a higher exit fee.

The Big East will eventually have 12 teams again with the additions of East Carolina and Tulane (2014) and Navy (2015). Provided no one else leaves the league, of course.

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6 Responses to “Report: no Big East divisions in 2013”
  1. latrobe21 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:04 PM

    Wish the tagline simply said “no Big East in 2013.”

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:05 PM

    Instead of playing 8 and skipping one, why don’t they just play 1 and skip 8. Irrelevant football conference. The Big LEast is a joke.

  3. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 19, 2013 6:27 AM


    You may be right that the big east is a joke. But I’m pretty sure Louisville just beat Florida. Bad……..

  4. ancientcougar says: Jan 19, 2013 10:05 AM

    The Big East was a good conference. The problem was the $ wasn’t as good as the other conferences commanded. This years Big East bowl record was as good as any.

  5. bertenheim says: Jan 19, 2013 1:10 PM

    Rutgers blew it against Louisville, and again in their bowl game. They’re going to fit right in in the Big Ten.

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 19, 2013 10:16 PM

    With the basketball schools gone, the Big East is on life support. Question is when will the plug be pulled?
    I believe schools like SMU and Houston, et al deserve the shot at a BCS conference. Question, Why not put the Big East AQ slot open to all non AQ schools?

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