Down year for Big East football

In college football on August 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Syracuse Orange v Cincinnati Bearcats

If preseason prognosticators are correct, 2009 could be a tough year for Big East football. The two major top 25 preseason polls (AP and USA Today) left Big East teams off their list, although five Big East teams are receiving votes in both polls.

The five listed in alphabetical order are Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida and West Virginia. These five seem to be somewhat of a mystery to pollsters as each poll lists them in varying orders. The only common denominator is South Florida being the lowest ranked.

Voting in a preseason poll is no more than an educated guess, but if the season does end up as predicted, we could see—for the first time in history—a team unranked in both major polls, playing in a BCS game due to the Big East’s automatic qualifying status.

This would not only expose another serious flaw in the BCS system, but would also be a catastrophic blow to the Big East and its national football image. How can the BCS justify the Big East being an automatic qualifier if this were to happen?

A lot of games need to be played before we even think about crossing this bridge, but it is something to keep in the back of our minds as we follow the top teams in the Big East this season.

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