2012 Preview - Big East Team Schedules/Picks
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Posted Jul 14, 2012


The 2012 Big East schedules and predictions for each game


2012 Big East Schedules

Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pitt
Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | Temple
 
- 2012 Big East Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...

1. USF
2. Syracuse
3. Pitt
4. Louisville
5. Cincinnati
6. Connecticut
7. Rutgers
8. Temple
Cincinnati

Non-Conference Games: Delaware State, Virginia Tech, Miami Univ., Fordham, at Toledo
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Preseason Projected Wins: Pitt, Delaware State, Miami Univ., Fordham, at Toledo, at Temple, South Florida

Preseason Projected Losses: Virginia Tech, at Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, at Connecticut

Summary: The Bearcats start out a bit late getting a Thursday game against Pitt to kick things off, but things get easier with Delaware State and a week off to follow to prepare for the lone nasty non-conference date against Virginia Tech. With Miami University, Fordham and Toledo to follow, if all goes well, 5-1 is a possible start before going to Louisville. With the date against the Hokies technically being played on a neutral field - even though it will be a pro-Tech crowd - the Bearcats get only three true road games before finishing the year off at UConn.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 OPEN DATE
Sep. 6 Pitt
Sep. 15 Delaware State
Sep. 22 OPEN DATE
Sep. 29 Virginia Tech (in Land.)
Oct. 6 Miami Univ.
Oct. 13 Fordham
Oct. 20 at Toledo
Oct. 26 at Louisville
Nov. 3 Syracuse
Nov. 10 at Temple
Nov. 17 Rutgers
Nov. 23 South Florida
Dec. 1 at Connecticut

Connecticut

Non-Conference Games: UMass, NC State, at Maryland, at Western Michigan, Buffalo
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 4-8

Preseason Projected Wins: UMass, Buffalo, Temple, Cincinnati

Preseason Projected Losses: NC State, at Maryland, at Western Michigan, at Rutgers, at Syracuse, at South Florida, Pitt, at Louisville

Summary: The Huskies have an interesting non-conference slate starting off against a UMass program in its first game as an FBS program before hosing NC State. Going to Maryland will show if UConn has the potential to come up with a big season, and going to Western Michigan isn't going to be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, after the opening two games there aren't two home dates in a row the rest of the way with six road games in nine dates before closing out against Cincinnati. On the plus side, there's plenty of time to prepare for the road date at Louisville and there's two weeks off before road games at Syracuse and South Florida.

2012 Schedule
Aug. 30 UMass
Sep. 8 NC State
Sep. 15 at Maryland
Sep. 22 at Western Michigan
Sep. 29 Buffalo
Oct. 6 at Rutgers
Oct. 13 Temple
Oct. 19 at Syracuse
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 at South Florida
Nov. 9 Pitt
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 at Louisville
Dec. 1 Cincinnati

Louisville

Non-Conference Games: Kentucky, Missouri State, North Carolina, at FIU, at Southern Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Preseason Projected Wins: Kentucky, Missouri State, at FIU, at Southern Miss, South Florida, Cincinnati, Temple, at Syracuse, Connecticut

Preseason Projected Losses: North Carolina, at Pitt, at Rutgers

Summary: The Cardinals have a season of streaks to work through starting with three home games followed up by three road games and followed up by three more home games. So can they get through that midsection of FIU, Southern Miss, and Pitt on the road? If so, then this could be a special season with a relatively light non-conference schedule - with the toughest games against Kentucky and North Carolina - and with four conference road dates in five games. However, the slate closes out with two road games in the final three including a key date with Rutgers to close things out five days after hosting Connecticut.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 2 Kentucky
Sep. 8 Missouri State
Sep. 15 North Carolina
Sep. 22 at FIU
Sep. 29 at Southern Miss
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 at Pitt
Oct. 20 South Florida
Oct. 26 Cincinnati
Nov. 3 Temple
Nov. 10 at Syracuse
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 Connecticut
Nov. 29 at Rutgers

Pitt

Non-Conference Games: Youngstown State, Virginia Tech, Gardner-Webb, at Buffalo, at Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Preseason Projected Wins: Youngstown State, Gardner-Webb, Louisville, at Buffalo, Temple, Rutgers

Preseason Projected Losses: at Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, at Syracuse, at Notre Dame, at Connecticut, at South Florida

Summary: The layups in the non-conference slate against Youngtown State and Gardner-Webb are okay considering the Panthers have to deal with Virginia Tech and go to Notre Dame. The YSU game has to be nothing more than a light scrimmage with a road date at Cincinnati to open up the Big East schedule five days later. There's a nice early stretch of four home dates in six games, but the payback comes after October with three road games in the final four going to Notre Dame, Connecticut, and South Florida but with the home game against Rutgers, one of the favorites to with the Big East.

2012 Schedule
Sept. 1 Youngstown St
Sept. 6 at Cincinnati
Sept. 15 Virginia Tech
Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Syracuse
Oct. 13 Louisville
Oct. 20 at Buffalo
Oct. 27 Temple
Nov. 3 at Notre Dame
Nov. 9 at Connecticut
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 Rutgers
Dec. 1 at USF

Rutgers

Non-Conference Games: at Tulane, Howard, at Arkansas, Kent State, Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Preseason Projected Wins: at Tulane, Howard, at South Florida, Connecticut, Syracuse, at Temple, Kent State, Army, Louisville

Preseason Projected Losses: at Arkansas, at Cincinnati, at Pitt

Summary: The first two weeks have to be seen as a true warm-up with a trip to Tulane and a layup against Howard. The problem is that the home opener is just five days before the Big East opener against South Florida. And then comes the showdown against Arkansas that could define the season. Fortunately, home games against Kent State and Army wrapped around a week off. If the Knights can pull off the shocker it'll be a kickstart to the program on a national level, but there's still the Big East slate to get through. Unfortunately, most of the tough dates are on the road going to Cincinnati and Pitt in November before finishing up against Louisville.
 
2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 at Tulane
Sep. 8 Howard
Sep. 13 at South Florida
Sep. 22 at Arkansas
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 Connecticut
Oct. 13 Syracuse
Oct. 20 at Temple
Oct. 27 Kent State
Nov. 3 OPEN DATE
Nov. 10 Army
Nov. 17 at Cincinnati
Nov. 24 at Pitt
Nov. 29 Louisville

South Florida

Non-Conference Games: UT Chattanooga, at Nevada, at Ball State, Florida State, at Miami
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Preseason Projected Wins: UT Chattanooga, at Ball State, at Temple, Syracuse, Connecticut, Pitt

Preseason Projected Losses: at Nevada, Rutgers, Florida State, at Louisville, at Miami, at Cincinnati

Summary: It'll be a sneaky-tough first part of the slate going on the road for four games over a six game span. Going to Nevada and Ball State won't be as easy as it seems, while going to Temple and Louisville in back-to-back games will be a challenge in Big East play. USF always likes to get its shot against the in-state big boys, and it has its chances with Florida State coming to Tampa and with a trip to Miami in mid-November. The problem, though, will be the conference road games at Cincinnati and Louisville, but closing out with a home date against Pitt will help.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 UT Chattanooga
Sep. 8 at Nevada
Sep. 13 Rutgers
Sep. 22 at Ball State
Sep. 29 Florida State
Oct. 6 at Temple
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 20 at Louisville
Oct. 27 Syracuse
Nov. 3 Connecticut
Nov. 10 OPEN DATE
Nov. 17 at Miami
Nov. 23 at Cincinnati
Dec. 1 Pitt   

Syracuse

Non-Conference Games: Northwestern, USC, Stony Brook, at Minnesota, at Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Preseason Projected Wins: Stony Brook, Pitt, Connecticut, at Cincinnati, Louisville

Preseason Projected Losses: Northwestern, USC, at Minnesota, at Rutgers, at USF, at Missouri, at Temple

Summary: The Orange have an interesting non-conference slate to kick things off going the Big Ten route with Northwestern coming to the Carrier Dome and going to Minnesota late September, but the real fun will come in MetLife Stadium against USC. With a game against the Trojans and a mid-November game at Missouri, a layup against Stony Brook can be forgiven. The big problem will be the home dates - there aren't enough of them. After the Big East opener against Pitt on October 5th just two of the final seven games are at home. On the plus side, one of the home games is against one of the league's tougher teams, Louisville.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Northwestern
Sep. 8 USC (in MetLife)
Sep. 15 Stony Brook
Sep. 22 at Minnesota
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Pitt
Oct. 13 at Rutgers
Oct. 19 Connecticut
Oct. 27 at USF
Nov. 3 at Cincinnati
Nov. 10 Louisville
Nov. 17 at Missouri
Nov. 23 at Temple

Temple

Non-Conference Games: Villanova, Maryland, at Penn State, at Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 14-8

Preseason Projected Wins: Villanova, at Army, Syracuse, TBD

Preseason Projected Losses: Maryland, at Penn State, South Florida, at Connecticut, Rutgers, at Pitt, at Louisville, Cincinnati

Summary: Along with the annual loss to Penn State the non-conference schedule is a bit rough to kick things off with a tougher-than-it-looks opener against Villanova followed up by a game against a Maryland team that needs the win. The first year back in the Big East isn't going to be easy with a rough stretch of three road games in four weeks to go along with the non-conference road dates at Penn State and Army. On the plus side, the Owls only leave the state of Pennsylvania three times and won't have to travel far, but going to Louisville and Pitt in back-to-back weeks will be rough while the regular season finale at home against Syracuse comes six days after going to Army.

2012 Schedule
Aug. 31 Villanova
Sep. 8 Maryland
Sep. 16 OPEN DATE
Sep. 22 at Penn State
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 South Florida
Oct. 13 at Connecticut
Oct. 20 Rutgers
Oct. 27 at Pitt
Nov. 3 at Louisville
Nov. 10 Cincinnati
Nov. 17 at Army
Nov. 23 Syracuse 
 
 
- 2012 Big East Composite Schedule & Week Rankings