Fordham has been added to the Cincinnati football schedule for 2012, giving the Bearcats two games against FCS opponents.
Pitt also has two FCS games for this upcoming season. Every team in the Big East was put into a major bind when TCU decided to leave for the Big 12. Rather than eight conference games, teams now only have seven -- leaving them to add a fifth nonconference game on short notice.
Simply put, realignment has wreaked havoc on schedule makers in the Big East. Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock told Bill Koch of The Cincinnati Enquirer that he wanted to play seven games at home this season. Attempts to add another high-level nonconference opponent failed because nobody wanted to give a return home game.
“I was intent on getting to seven home games,” Babcock told the newspaper. “We accomplished that. I guess we could have gone on the road and played a BCS team for the money, but they wouldn’t have returned the game. There were other BCS schools that would have played us but we couldn’t match up the dates.”
Temple is the only remaining Big East school with a hole in its nonconference schedule. The Big East slate should be announced this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.