Big East weekend rewind: Week 14

December, 3, 2012
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One last look back at the final regular-season weekend in the Big East:

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AP Photo/Mel EvansLouisville will head to a BCS bowl as the Big East representative after its comeback win against Rutgers.
The good: Everybody's a champion! Well, almost everybody. Four of the Big East's eight teams can stake a claim to the "co-champions" label after a wild final two weeks, with Louisville securing the BCS bowl bid following its come-from-behind win Thursday night at Rutgers.

The bad: UConn's loss to Cincinnati means the Huskies will not be bowling in either of Paul Pasqualoni's first two years as head coach. Rutgers' dropping its final two games with a BCS bid on the line would qualify as bad, too.

The ugly: South Florida had 55 yards of total offense through three quarters against Pitt before finishing the game with a program single-game worst of 115.

So long: Skip Holtz is out at USF after three years and two consecutive 1-6 records in Big East play. The Bulls went through a program-worst 3-9 season after entering the campaign as the Big East's preseason No. 2 team.

So long?: Butch Jones is among the hottest names in the coaching industry after leading the Bearcats to consecutive shares of the Big East title. Whether he leaves for another job remains to be seen, but the publicness of his meeting with Purdue has to be at least a little alarming for Cincinnati fans.

Welcome back: West Virginia can return to Big East play … sort of. We'll see whether the high-scoring attack of the Mountaineers translates to the cold weather when they face Syracuse in the Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The Orange crushed WVU last season at the Carrier Dome.

You again?: Louisville coach Charlie Strong returns to the scene of his final game as Florida's defensive coordinator … and will face Florida. Strong has accomplished much with the Cardinals in the three years since the Gators' Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati, and his new program's return to a BCS bowl is the highlight of his young head-coaching career.

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