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What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:56 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

1. Don't let the conference's 4-2 record fool you - While some might have boasted that the Big East's bowl record made up for a season of mediocrity, a closer look at the games on the slate do not impress quite as much. Pittsburgh and South Florida's wins were over teams that finished 6-7, and Syracuse's controversial win over Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl is far less dramatic when you realize the Wildcats only won three conference games all season. Having said that, the bowls try to make each matchup as even as possible. It would not be completely misguided to give the Big East teams credit for representing their conference well, just don't let it fool you into misjudging the caliber of performance from the league as a whole in 2010.

2. Pittsburgh impressed with focus despite distractions - Of all the teams that dealt with transition amidst the postseason, Pittsburgh entered their bowl game with the least stable situation. Interim coach Phil Bennett took over as the Panthers were forced to dismiss new coach Mike Haywood almost immediately after the former Miami (Ohio) coach was arrested for a domestic dispute off the field. Bennett did a good job of keeping the Panthers focused on Kentucky rather than the off-field speculation surrounding the vacant coaching position. Many of the Panthers players felt that Dave Wannstedt was forced out prematurely, and Pittsburgh dedicated 27-10 victory to their former coach. Instead it was Kentucky, dealing with off-field arrests themselves, who appeared distracted and uninterested in the awkwardly timed BBVA Compass Bowl on the Saturday before the BCS Championship Game.

3. Connecticut's storybook season had a sour ending - This was supposed to be a memorable season for Connecticut. After less than a decade of being in the FBS, and only having been in the conference since 2004, the Huskies found themselves sharing a piece of the Big East Championship and earning a BCS Bowl bowl bid to face Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Hardly anyone actually expected Connecticut to pull off the upset, but the fashion in which the Huskies lost and the events that followed may have tarnished a legendary season for the program. Oklahoma's defense did not shut down Connecticut completely, as they were able to rack up 335 total yards of total offense. But the Huskies inability to get an offensive touchdown, along with a pair of Zach Frazer interceptions and a non-existent defense made the Fiesta Bowl loss more frustrating than uplifting.

To make matters worse, head coach Randy Edsall took a different chartered plane back from Arizona than the rest of the team. The reason was so Edsall could finalize the details on his new gig as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, a job he accepted the next day after the Oklahoma loss. Edsall mentioned nothing of the move to the players after the game, and only addressed them through a conference call after the announcement. Now the Huskies will try to build on last season's success with veteran coach Paul Pasqualoni, hoping to make sure that last season was not a fluke.

4. Changing of the guard amongst the Big East coaching ranks - Of the four teams that picked up wins in the 2010 bowl season, three of them were led by first or second-year coaches. Big East football fans can be hopeful for the future if it continues to see success under the leadership of coaches like Syracuse's Doug Marrone, South Florida's Skip Holtz, and Louisville's Charlie Strong. All three coaches inherited teams going through disappointing and/or controversial seasons, and all three coaches guided their 2010 squads to postseason victories. The turnover has continued throughout the conference, with Todd Graham hopping on board at Pittsburgh, Pasqualoni at Connecticut, and Dana Holgorsen waiting in the wings at West Virginia. When TCU arrives in the July 2012, the transition into the next era of Big East football will be complete. The struggle will be to continuing to battle a damaged reputation that hasn't been the same since Miami and Virginia Tech left the conference in 2004.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:42 am

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

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Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:41 pm

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

This guy is an idiot!  Since the new Big East has formed they are 20-11 in Bowl games and 3-3 in BCS games.  That is actually a pretty good resume for the Bowl Season.  Better than most BCS conferences.  Haters always will be against he Big East. The conference was down this year.  Big Deal!  Next year they will be much better and  I have no doubt in my mind that in the future they will be a top 4 Football conference.  Big East = Best basketball conference and potential to finish in the top 4 or 5 in football conferences in the future (especially with TCU).  All in all if you look at hoops and helmets schools, The Big East may actually be a top 2 athletic conference.  Suck on that BE haters!

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:05 pm

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

Dumb, poorly researched, regurgitated article...

One can attempt to 'repaint' an impression using convenient sort-of facts... 
Perhaps one should look at which games the BE was favored to win, and what percentage they actually did win... meaning that the BE team was more-likely to be playing a higher-ranked opponent and not supposed to win.  The BE has lost a few of the games they were not favored in anyway...  so??

How about looking at the ACC for a change Patterson and note their underachieving numerics... both in basketball and football. 

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:37 am

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

Does CBS have any intelligent, unbiased college football bloggers?

The Big East "hasn't been the same since Miami and Virginia tech left the conference in 2004." Patterson, you are correct, you dope. The Big East has done better. Look up the records before you write.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:08 am

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

The numbers are accurate, however you also have to consider the Big East plays down in many of these matchups.  Pittsburgh tied for the best record in the conference played the 10th best SEC team who was also missing their starting QB.  This is not exactly an even comparison.
One team was 7-5 and the other was 6-6:  that's about as even as it gets.  That playing up nonsense is completely irrelevant in this case so don't try playing that card here.  ATM fans aren't claiming they didn't lose because they played up to LSU (#5 B12 to #3 SEC) and Michigan fans are whining because the #7 B10 playing the #6 SEC.  The teams were even and Pitt won.  Pitt did it without their coach and KY lost without their QB--that's as even as it gets.  Since 1998 the BEast is 8-2 vs. the SEC in bowls.  LOL!!!!

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:50 am

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

The numbers are accurate, however you also have to consider the Big East plays down in many of these matchups.  Pittsburgh tied for the best record in the conference played the 10th best SEC team who was also missing their starting QB.  This is not exactly an even comparison.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:26 am

What I learned from the Big East (Bowl Edition)

 Bashing the BE is very fashionable anymore...understood, but a couple of interesting and inconvenient little BE  PSEG factoids.

  The current 8 members of the BEC have a collective 61-59-2 all time PSEG record....a .508 success rate. That includes a 14-7-1 PSEG record vs the perceived 'mighty' SEC. And speaking of the mighty SEC and the lowly 'Big Least', believe it or not but the SEC is 15-20 vs the BE in the BCS era ( 98-present). That one is always ignored by the perceptionists
.. Finally, based on current conference configuration, the Big East's .574 PSEG success rate is second only to the SEC's .577 in the BCS era, and, of course, BE teams don't get to play these things in their own back yards.
 BTW, PSEG = Post Season Exhibition Games...commonly known as 'bowls'. 
 Just a couple little BE fun factoids.

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