Big East bowl picture

With the close of the regular season, the Big East bowl picture is a lot clearer than it was a week ago. But it has not been set in stone just yet.

West Virginia, Louisville and Cincinnati all finish as Big East co-champions. West Virginia is the likely Big East representative in the BCS as the highest-ranked team in the BCS standings. We do need to wait for the final standings to be revealed Sunday night for complete confirmation, but it is almost a lock for the Mountaineers to make a BCS game for the first time since the 2007 season.

The Orange Bowl is the most likely destination, but the Houston loss has thrown much into flux. The Orange Bowl has the last choice among all the bowls picking this season. So stay tuned. Only five Big East teams are bowl eligible -- the first time that has happened since the 2007 season as well. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is in play because the SEC won't fill all its bowl slots. The Champs Sports Bowl is most likely going to tab Notre Dame.

So this is where the Big East teams will most likely end up. Official announcements are set for Sunday.

BCS: West Virginia

Belk Bowl, Dec. 27: Louisville

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Cincinnati

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30: Rutgers

BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 7: Pitt