What If Big East Football Never Disbanded

In 2012, the college football landscape changed with conference realignment. Dozens of teams were shuffled around and the biggest move was the disbanding of the Big East.

  • West Virginia left the Big East before 2013 to join the Big 12
  • Pittsburgh and Syracuse left the Big East for the ACC before the 2013 season. Louisville joined them in ACC before 2014.
  • Rutgers left the Big East to join the Big Ten in 2014.

That left just Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida as the last remaining teams, and only UConn was a “true” Big East team (Cincinnati and USF had joined the Big East in 2005).

Those three teams, along with 9 others now make up the American Athletic Conference. They added several Conference USA teams (UCF, Houston, Memphis, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU, East Carolina) and re-added Temple and Navy, who was previously independent.

What if the Big East never disbanded though? Use your imagination here. Obviously the schedules would be very different, but what if these eight teams stayed together the last 6 years? How would the standings look?

2013 Standings

TeamRecord
Louisville12-1
Cincinnati9-4
Pittsburgh7-6
Syracuse7-6
Rutgers6-7
West Virginia4-8
UConn3-9
South Florida2-10

2014 Standings

TeamRecord
Louisville9-4
Cincinnati9-4
Rutgers 8-5
West Virginia 7-6
Pittsburgh6-7
Syracuse3-9
South Florida4-8
UConn 2-10

2015 Standings

Team Record
Louisville8-5
Pittsburgh8-5
West Virginia 8-5
South Florida8-5
Cincinnati 7-6
UConn6-7
Syracuse4-8
Rutgers4-8

2016 Standings

TeamRecord
South Florida11-2
West Virginia10-3
Louisville9-4
Pittsburgh8-5
Cincinnati 4-8
Syracuse4-8
UConn3-9
Rutgers2-10

2017 Standings

TeamRecord
South Florida10-2
Louisville8-5
West Virginia7-6
Pittsburgh5-7
Cincinnati4-8
Syracuse4-8
Rutgers4-8
UConn3-9

2018 Standings

TeamRecord
Cincinnati11-2
Syracuse10-3
West Virginia8-4
South Florida7-6
Pittsburgh7-7
Louisville2-10
UConn1-11
Rutgers1-11

2019 Standings

*not including bowl records

TeamRecord
Cincinnati 10-2
Louisville7-5
Pittsburgh 7-5
West Virginia 5-7
Syracuse5-7
South Florida4-8
UConn2-10
Rutgers2-10

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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