Examining a few Big East bowl scenarios

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
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There is still a lot left to decide with the Big East bowl picture. There are, after all, three games left and the small matter of a championship to decide.

But based on some conversations I've had, the following scenarios appear likely at this point:

If West Virginia wins the BCS bid and Virginia Tech wins the ACC championship game, the Orange Bowl is very much a possibility because of Stanford's terrible travel reputation. Connecticut could be considered for the Orange Bowl, but the Huskies are a complete unknown in terms of traveling to major bowl games, which may give Orange Bowl officials pause.

If Connecticut and West Virginia wins, the Champs Sports Bowl would be happy with a 9-3, ranked Mountaineers squad over a 7-5 unranked Notre Dame team. That game could save its Irish card for a potentially better Brian Kelly team in the future. If Connecticut loses, the Champs could think about an 8-4 South Florida team that has won five of its last six. But the Irish would be a more likely pick.

The Bulls would more likely end up in the Meineke Car Care Bowl with a win over UConn. They could end up in the BBVA Compass Bowl with a loss.

Louisville, at 6-6, is looking around for options and would rather not play on Dec. 31 since the Cardinals are playing Kentucky in their annual rivalry basketball game that same day. But even if Pitt wins to finish 7-5, Louisville could be chose ahead of the Panthers for the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Pitt is unattractive to bowls because of a small traveling fan base that will probably be even more persuaded to stay home thanks to the Panthers' disappointing season. There is no rule that a 7-5 team has to go over a 6-6 team. So Pitt could be seeking an at-large bid even if it is technically co-Big East champions (lesson here for fans: buy bowl tickets or don't complain when your team gets slotted in undesirable destinations).

If there's any near-certainty among Big East bowls, it's this one: Syracuse is going to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Bet the house on that one.

That's the story for now, anyway.

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