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  1. The toss up games... Really? UConn and SMU are likely wins, but Rutgers, Cincinnati and UCF are not. Rutgers has USF's numbers and it in December. UCF has more than enough offense to give USF trouble, plus it's at their place and a rivalry game. Cincinnati catches more breaks with the schedule this year where their don't have back to back hard games. Cincinnati has USF sandwiched between Miami (OH) and Temple... fixed!!!
  2. But for some reason they look down on most of the teams in the BE except for Cincy. Their fans are still talking about winning the BE this year. Some of their fans even said the offense is just strong enough to win the BE because they already know they have the best defense in the league.
  3. We can get revenge on Hofstra. Kinda. The starting center returned to practice today and he's expected to start on Thursday. Alexander was and still is listed as a co-starter with Civil. Rutgers gets their kick returner Deering back this week as well as their starting TE. Only backups DE Thompson, RB Huggins and co-starter RG Civil are expected not to play on Thursday.
  4. just read another article that all 4 are highly unlikely due to the short week The starting center might actually play Thursday. Ankle injury is not as bad as first reported. Backups Huggins and Thompson affect depth more than anything else even though Thompson was starting to make some noise.
  5. This is old news b/c the Big 12 had agreed in principle to the extension on their current contract which was suppose to run out 2015-16. The new deal run through 2023-24, but there is one holdup. The GOR is the problem and the lesser teams of the Big 12 are debating on should they sign away their rights for the next 6 to 8 years. Teams like Texas and OU can walk away from the Big 12 and think nothing of the penalty from the GOR, but the rest of the league can't. This is why the Big 12 commissioner is making the rounds to every school to convince them this is in their best interest. Both Iowa St. and Kansas have said the commissioner is a yes man for UT. There was the issue of Texas Tech willing to pull out of a game against Texas St. because they were being force (league office & ESPN) to show the game on the Longhorn Network (UT tier 3 rights). Texas Tech doesn't want to help UT at their expense. TT was willing to go as far as dropping the game. TT was able to avoid the situation when the Big 12 commissioner caved in under pressure from local Texas state politicians. Believe it or not the Big 12 is still on shaky grounds. It's part of the reason they start a lot of rumors to keep others unsettled and looking around while they patch up their problem. Anyone who thinks the Big 12 is better and more stable is fooling his or herself. They lost 4 teams which is greater than anything the BE has ever experienced. Nebraska can't not be replace by the schools the Big 12 have invited. In 20 seasons in the Big 12 NU has won 3 national championships. A&M may not win enough, but there is no denying A&M adds to the myth of the Texas rivalry. Missouri is a solid team that takes away 2 large markets from the Big 12. Colorado hasn't been much since the Dan Hawkins hiring, but before him they have won 3 Big 12 titles in 20 seasons and do have a national championship to their name back in 1990. The Big 12 is doing a solid job of hiding their pain by hitching a ride with the SEC and bad mouthing BE and the ACC which both represent a serious threat to the survival of the Big 12. If the BE gets the huge TV contract as some expect ($17 to $20 million) and FSU and Clemson say thanks but no thanks, then the Big 12 has probably reached it max in earning potential. BYU is likely off to the BE for that type of money and there isn't much left for the Big 12 to choose from. Why Colorado St.? Tulsa? Nevada? The Big 12 is running a hellva propaganda story and so far folks are buying it. Look pass the BS and see the hardcore facts and events that have taken place over the last 2 years to see the Big 12 might be in worse shape than either the BE or ACC. Why do you think the BE commish Aresco has taken a few comeback shots at the Big 12 commish. There was a report, I believe on CBSsports.com, that mentioned the Big 12 has the least growth potential of any of the Big 6 conferences. In fact it stated that it could be endangered unless they go completely outside of the box to grow. In other words there are few teams in that region that offer much and they would have to go to the east coast or weast coast to expand with worthwhile teams. That why FSU, Clemson have been mentioned, but it's a long shot b/c of Texas presence.
  6. Here's what I found in the Sagarin ratings which is used to judge the quality of a conference: 2011 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS WIN50% 1 BIG 12 (A) = 83.61 82.83 ( 1) 10 83.08 ( 1) 2 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 80.88 81.60 ( 2) 12 81.27 ( 2) 3 BIG TEN (A) = 75.55 75.30 ( 4) 12 75.49 ( 3) 4 PAC-12 (A) = 74.72 75.38 ( 3) 12 75.14 ( 4) 5 BIG EAST (A) = 72.41 72.86 ( 5) 8 72.82 ( 5) 6 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 71.92 71.49 ( 6) 4 71.59 ( 6) 7 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 71.23 71.03 ( 7) 12 71.06 ( 7) 8 CONFERENCE USA (A) = 66.04 65.79 ( 9) 12 65.98 ( 8) 9 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 65.86 66.22 ( 8) 8 65.85 ( 9) 10 WESTERN ATHLETIC (A) = 63.73 63.94 ( 10) 8 63.92 ( 10) 11 MID-AMERICAN (A) = 63.53 63.31 ( 11) 13 63.51 ( 11) 2010 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS WIN50% 1 PAC-10 (A) = 80.87 81.43 ( 1) 10 81.14 ( 1) 2 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 79.84 79.56 ( 2) 12 79.72 ( 2) 3 BIG 12 (A) = 75.42 75.64 ( 3) 12 75.66 ( 3) 4 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 74.32 74.18 ( 6) 12 74.20 ( 6) 5 BIG TEN (A) = 74.18 74.72 ( 4) 11 74.52 ( 4) 6 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 73.88 74.27 ( 5) 3 74.21 ( 5) 7 BIG EAST (A) = 73.27 73.00 ( 7) 8 73.04 ( 7) 8 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 70.19 70.24 ( 8) 9 70.03 ( 8) 9 WESTERN ATHLETIC (A) = 66.63 67.69 ( 9) 9 66.90 ( 9) 2009 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS WIN50% 1 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 80.48 81.07 ( 1) 12 80.87 ( 1) 2 BIG EAST (A) = 77.33 76.97 ( 2) 8 77.06 ( 2) 3 PAC-10 (A) = 76.23 75.45 ( 5) 10 75.77 ( 4) 4 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 76.04 75.90 ( 3) 12 75.92 ( 3) 5 BIG 12 (A) = 74.61 75.54 ( 4) 12 75.32 ( 5) 6 BIG TEN (A) = 73.74 74.49 ( 6) 11 74.30 ( 6) 7 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 71.04 69.61 ( 8) 3 70.09 ( 8) 8 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 70.92 71.48 ( 7) 9 71.29 ( 7) 9 WESTERN ATHLETIC (A) = 65.46 66.03 ( 9) 9 65.52 ( 9) 2008 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS 1 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 78.31 79.08 ( 1) 12 2 BIG 12 (A) = 77.86 77.80 ( 2) 12 3 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 77.70 77.67 ( 3) 12 4 PAC-10 (A) = 76.14 75.39 ( 4) 10 5 BIG EAST (A) = 75.23 74.11 ( 5) 8 6 BIG TEN (A) = 73.21 73.49 ( 6) 11 7 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 70.90 71.72 ( 7) 9 8 CONFERENCE USA (A) = 65.88 65.75 ( 8) 12 9 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 64.26 63.74 ( 10) 4 2007 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS 1 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 81.99 81.83 ( 1) 12 2 PAC-10 (A) = 79.47 79.63 ( 2) 10 3 BIG 12 (A) = 78.62 78.35 ( 3) 12 4 BIG EAST (A) = 77.46 77.12 ( 4) 8 5 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 75.21 74.98 ( 5) 12 6 BIG TEN (A) = 74.63 74.17 ( 6) 11 7 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 70.95 70.84 ( 7) 9 8 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 61.74 61.79 ( 8) 4 9 WESTERN ATHLETIC (A) = 61.29 61.72 ( 9) 9 10 SOUTHERN (AA)= 60.50 59.92 ( 11) 8 11 CONFERENCE USA (A) = 59.54 60.06 ( 10) 12 2006 CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS 1 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 81.60 81.23 ( 1) 12 2 BIG EAST (A) = 79.57 79.90 ( 2) 8 3 PAC-10 (A) = 78.78 79.15 ( 3) 10 4 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 75.49 73.79 ( 6) 12 5 BIG TEN (A) = 74.89 75.62 ( 4) 11 6 BIG 12 (A) = 74.34 74.01 ( 5) 12 7 MOUNTAIN WEST (A) = 68.34 69.30 ( 7) 9 8 I-A INDEPENDENTS (A) = 65.97 65.74 ( 8) 4 9 WESTERN ATHLETIC (A) = 63.88 64.92 ( 9) 9 10 CONFERENCE USA (A) = 63.58 64.00 ( 10) 12 This goes back to the last BE raid. Average sagarin rating based on order of finish doing this period: 1) SEC 2) Pac 12 3) Big 12 4) BE 5) ACC 6) Big 10 Big 10 is all hype right now. If you move teams around to their new leagues like BSU to the BE, WVU to the Big12 and A&M to the SEC, etc,. the BE is in a dead heat for 3rd with the Big 12. BSU 10 win seasons and victories against "named" opponents really help. Also, Houston to my surprise since '06 has been 10-4, 8-5, 8-5, 10-4, 5-7, 13-1 with a few victories over some named opponents too.
  7. You mean like Miami, Notre Dame, North Carolina, NC State, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Penn State. While you are absolutely correct, I think that he is an advocate of playing MORE of these road games wihout a return game or 2 for 1's or even 3 for 1's. I will not disagree with that part of his post as it may become necessary in the future. I would like to see a breakdown of payments and expenses of playing some big time teams on the road vs. what we make playing a 1AA at home. It's not just the Big East scheduling 1AA schools. Here's a list for this year: Boston College - Maine Clemson - Furman FSU - Murray State, Savannah State Maryland - William & Mary NC State - Citadel Wake Forest - Liberty Duke - North Carolina Central Georgia Tech - Presbyterian Miami - Bethune Cookman UNC - Elon Virginia - Richmond Virginia Tech - Austin Peay Baylor - Sam Houston State Iowa State - Western Illinois Kansas - South Dakota State Kansas State - Missouri State Oklahoma - FAMU OK State - Savannah State TCU - Grambling State Texas - none Texas Tech - Northwestern State WVU - James Madison Cincinnati - Delaware State, Fordham UConn - none Louisville - Missouri State Pitt - Youngstown State, Gardner Webb Rutgers - Howard USF - Chattanooga Syracuse - Stony Brook Temple - Villanova I think you get the picture. Almost all BCS teams play one 1AA team. So why is it a knock on us when we do it, but not when everyone else does? You are barking up the wrong tree. I know most do. I was merely saying that Steve was not totally out of bounds on his statement about playing 1AA. If there is a perception of the Big East being inferior, the only way to quell is it to beat the other teams in the so called Big 5. I was wondering if USF actually made more money playing a 1AA at home vs a big time school (if you can get one to schedule) on the road. Another thought would be are you risking a bowl berth by losing to a big time team on the road instead of padding the win total. A lot of people on here have complained when USF makes a small bowl (not me) so some may think it is worth it. Two years ago I had no problem with the schedule. Now that things have changed, I merely think that USF may have to consider a change in scheduling philosophy. Unlike Steve, I know that there is no black and white answer to this and know there are positives and negatives to each decision the powers that be make. I agree with kicking the crap out of the other 5 conferences. A lot of schools talk down about the BE, but there is a lot of fear the truth might come out. The BE has some good schools that can play ball except for Syracuse. Everyone wants them on the schedule.
  8. Some people complain just to complain. For once the BE is doing something that will help them to stay ahead of the curve, yet you have people b*tching with no real reason other than the sky isn't a light blue.
  9. Deputy BE Commissioner Caparelli and Interim Commissioner Bailey said by the end of August should be the announcement of the new commissioner. Caparellit said look for the BE (PR firm) to start rolling out info packages to different media outlets highlighting the BE accomplishments and why it's still one of the big boy conferences. Caparelli has made some rounds through radio giving facts about the BE success compared to others like the ACC and Big 12. They have been doing more outside of the BE footprint to get the message out.
  10. Here's a video of the NCAA president talking about the PSU situation: It doesn't sound no matter what the Penn St. pundits say.
  11. Those schools made it known they were leaving long before Boise St. said yes and official committed to the BE on July 1.
  12. Tags was nothing more than a mouthpiece for former commish Meatball. How else do you explain attacking your own league members saying they aren't worth any value to anyone. That's a hellva way to prevent teams from leaving the league. I do believe Tags had a hand in getting Memphis into the league. It wasn't because of their fooball, but due to their basketball being a top notch program.
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