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Friday, January 18, 2013
Breakdown on new Big East opponents

By Andrea Adelson

Now that the Big East home/away opponents have been redone and released, here is a quick look at how each schedule changed for the 10 remaining teams set to play in 2013.

The really obvious storyline: Louisville should be favored to run the table. By a lot. The Cardinals are going to most likely be a preseason Top 10 team, and should be favored to win all of their games. The nonconference schedule is not difficult, with games against Kentucky, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and FIU.

Now Louisville's Big East schedule is much easier with Boise State and San Diego State off the slate. The Cardinals get Memphis and Temple, two teams that finished 2012 with losing records. Once again, the Keg of Nails game at Cincinnati appears to be the one that would provide the most difficult challenge. It's in Cincinnati this year.

It will be interesting to see when the Big East decides to schedule that game, which has generally been played in October recently. But if I had the schedule-making power, I would slot that one into the final Thursday night game of the regular season. It's the final scheduled rivalry game between the two schools, with Louisville's impending move to the ACC. It's the longest-standing rivalry remaining in the Big East. And the Bearcats should be good again, even with the head coaching change.

We'll see how the schedule shakes out when the league announces dates for all these games in a few months.

For now, here is a look at who is in and who is out for each team in 2013.


And here are the teams that will not play one another: UCF and Cincinnati; UConn and Houston; Louisville and SMU; Memphis and Rutgers; and USF and Temple.