Rutgers Visits Cincinnati With First Place On The Line
There is only one conference game on this week’s BIG EAST docket, but that game will have a significant impact on the race for the league championship. Rutgers, which is 4-0 in BIG EAST play (8-1 overall) visits Cincinnati, which comes in at 3-1 in the BIG EAST and 7-2 overall. Rutgers, which is looking for its first BIG EAST title in school history, needs two wins in its last three games to earn at least a share of the crown. Cincinnati would clinch at least a share of its third championship in five years if the Bearcats win their last three.
Four Teams Still Alive In Title Hunt
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, four teams still have a shot to win the BIG EAST title and the league’s automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series. Aside from Rutgers and Cincinnati, Louisville sits a half-game behind the Scarlet Knights at 4-1 in BIG EAST play. Syracuse, at 4-2 in the BIG EAST, is alive as well after the Orange’s win against Louisville last Saturday.
Three BIG EAST teams will play nonconference games Saturday and all three will be on the road. Temple heads to West Point, N.Y., to face Army at noon ET (CBS Sports Network). USF visits Miami (Fla.) at 3 p.m. (ACC Network), continuing a series that has produced down-to-the-wire finishes in each of the last two years. Syracuse plays the first of back-to-back road games to close the regular season as the Orange visit Missouri (7 p.m., ESPNU). The winner of the Syracuse-Missouri game will become bowl-eligible.
BIG EAST commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the six-team divisions that will be in place for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The East Division will consist of UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and USF. The West Division will feature Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple. The division winners will meet in the BIG EAST Championship Game, which will be at the home stadium of one of the participating schools.