2013 Big East Schedule Breakdown
Rutgers QB Gary Nova
Rutgers QB Gary Nova
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Breakdowns and analysis of each Big East schedule.

2013 Big East Schedules

- 2013 Big East Composite Schedule & Weekly Rankings  

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...
1. UCF
2. USF
3. Connecticut
4. Houston
5. Cincinnati
6. SMU
7. Rutgers
8. Louisville
9. Temple
10. Memphis

Non-Conference Games: Purdue, at Illinois, Northwestern State, at Miami University
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Purdue, Northwestern State, at Miami University, Temple, Connecticut, at Memphis, SMU, at Houston, Louisville

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Illinois, at USF, at Rutgers

Summary: The Big East is going to be easier, but will that matter for a Bearcat team that has to deal with just enough tough dates to screw up a trip to the BCS? If it can beat Purdue and Illinois to kick off the season, it'll be a 4-0 start with Northwestern State and a trip to Miami University to follow before a light stretch of conference games playing Temple and UConn before going to Memphis and hosting SMU. And then the fun kicks in gong to Rutgers and Houston in back-to-back weeks before closing out with a Big East championship-like game against Louisville.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Purdue
9/7 at Illinois
9/14 Northwestern State
9/21 at Miami University
10/5 at USF
10/11 Temple
10/19 Connecticut
10/30 at Memphis
11/9 SMU
11/16 at Rutgers
11/23 at Houston
12/5 Louisville


Non-Conference Games: Towson, Maryland, Michigan, at Buffalo
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Towson, at Buffalo, at SMU, at Temple, Memphis

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Maryland, Michigan, USF, at Cincinnati, at UCF, Louisville, Rutgers

Summary: With a big home stretch to start the season, the pressure will be on to beat Maryland after the Opening Day layup against Towson. With Michigan to follow and South Florida to start the Big East campaign, four of the first five games are in Storrs – being 4-1 would be great, but 3-2 might have to do. However, with the road game at Buffalo, there's a nasty stretch of three road games in four and five in seven with the two home games coming against USF and Louisville. Fortunately, UConn gets Rutgers at home, but it might come down to the regular season finale against Memphis to have a shot at a bowl game.

2013 Schedule
8/29 Towson
9/14 Maryland
9/21 Michigan
9/28 at Buffalo
10/12 USF
10/19 at Cincinnati
10/26 at UCF
11/8 Louisville
11/16 at SMU
11/23 at Temple
11/30 Rutgers
12/7 Memphis


Non-Conference Games: Southern, at Rice, at UTSA, BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Southern, at Rice, at UTSA, Memphis, SMU

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Temple, BYU, at Rutgers, USF, at UCF, at Louisville, Cincinnati

Summary: The team should be better but the schedule is tougher. While going to Rice isn't like a normal road trip, and going to UTSA won't be that bad, three straight away games after starting out the year against Southern might be a bit rough. Memphis shouldn't be a bad Big East date before a rough non-conference game against BYU, and then it's back on the road for three road games in four with trips to Rutgers, UCF and Louisville wrapped around a home date against USF and followed up with a home date against Cincinnati – uh oh. After facing the Bearcats, the regular season ends six days later against SMU.

2013 Schedule
8/30 Southern
9/7 at Temple
9/21 at Rice
9/28 at UTSA
10/12 Memphis
10/19 BYU
10/26 at Rutgers
10/31 USF
11/9 at UCF
11/16 at Louisville
11/23 Cincinnati
11/29 SMU


Non-Conference Games: Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, at Kentucky, FIU
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, at Kentucky, FIU, at Temple, Rutgers, UCF, at USF, at Connecticut, Houston, Memphis

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Cincinnati

Summary: There's no excuse. There isn't a prolonged run of road games like most Big East teams have to deal with, and there's no one on the schedule who should be the favorite. The Cardinals don't have a tough non-conference game – no, going to Kentucky doesn't count – and the big conference showdown against Rutgers is at home. If this really is a BCS caliber team, going to South Florida and Connecticut won't be a problem, and home games against Houston and Memphis should be layups before getting a week off to prepare for the toughest game on the slate at Cincinnati.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Ohio
9/7 Eastern Kentucky
9/14 at Kentucky
9/21 FIU
10/5 at Temple
10/10 Rutgers
10/18 UCF
10/26 at USF
11/8 at Connecticut
11/16 Houston
11/23 Memphis
12/5 at Cincinnati


Non-Conference Games: Duke, at Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, UT Martin
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at Middle Tennessee, UT Martin, Temple

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Duke, Arkansas State, UCF, at Houston, SMU, Cincinnati, at USF, at Louisville, at Connecticut

Summary: The Tigers are picking the wrong time to upgrade the schedule. However, for most BCS teams, starting out against Duke, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State wouldn't be a problem, and the Tigers might be underdogs in all three games. They only leave the state once from the start of the season until November 16th, but then comes the payoff going on the road for three of the final four games dealing with USF, Louisville and Connecticut while hosting Temple. Missing Rutgers is a big break.

2013 Schedule
9/7 Duke
9/14 at Middle Tennessee
9/21 Arkansas State
10/5 UCF
10/12 at Houston
10/19 SMU
10/30 Cincinnati
11/9 UT Martin
11/16 at USF
11/23 at Louisville
11/30 Temple
12/7 at Connecticut


Non-Conference Games: at Fresno State, Norfolk State, Eastern Michigan, Arkansas
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Norfolk State, Eastern Michigan, Arkansas, at SMU, Houston, Temple, Cincinnati, at UCF, at Connecticut, USF

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Fresno State, at Louisville

Summary: Can the Scarlet Knights get by the BCS killers at Fresno State to start the season? The Bulldogs are going to be nasty , but a win could be the difference between a good start and a rough one. Can Rutgers beat Arkansas for the second season in a row? At home, yeah, maybe, but going to SMU and then facing Louisville on the road five days later is going to be brutal. With a 3-2 record or possibly even a 4-1 run, all of a sudden it's Game On with the toughest games the rest of the way coming against Cincinnati and South Florida at home. Back-to-back road games at UCF and Connecticut shouldn't be that bad coming nine days apart.

2013 Schedule
8/29 at Fresno State
9/7 Norfolk State
9/14 Eastern Michigan
9/21 Arkansas
10/5 at SMU
10/10 at Louisville
10/26 Houston
11/2 Temple
11/16 Cincinnati
11/21 at UCF
11/30 at Connecticut
12/7 USF

South Florida

Non-Conference Games: McNeese State, at Michigan State, Florida Atlantic, Miami
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: McNeese State, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, at Connecticut, at Houston, Memphis, SMU, at UCF

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Michigan State, Miami, Louisville, at Rutgers

Summary: The Bulls get a warm-up against McNeese State before a showdown at Michigan State. Win that, and all of a sudden things get interesting with three home games in a road and four in the next five with fantastic games in Tampa against Cincinnati, Louisville and Miami. Connecticut and Houston are the only two road games in a run of eight going from September 14th until Thanksgiving. However, closing out with a trip up the road to UCF and dealing with Rutgers in New Jersey in December will be harsh.

2013 Schedule
8/31 McNeese State
9/7 at Michigan State
9/14 Florida Atlantic
9/28 Miami
10/5 Cincinnati
10/12 at Connecticut
10/26 Louisville
10/31 at Houston
11/16 Memphis
11/23 SMU
11/29 at UCF
12/7 at Rutgers


Non-Conference Games: Texas Tech, Montana State, at Texas A&M, TCU
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Montana State, at Memphis, Temple, UCF

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Texas Tech, at Texas A&M, at TCU, Rutgers, at Cincinnati, Connecticut, at USF

Summary: The Mustangs have a nice team returning, but life outside of Conference USA is going to be far tougher with few true layups. Going against Montana State will help, but the easier games against former league foes Memphis and Houston are on the road. Getting Temple at home won't be a breeze, and good luck dealing with Cincinnati on the road or Rutgers at home. There's no Louisville to deal with, but going on the road to Texas A&M and TCU after kicking off the year against Texas Tech won't be fun, and then comes Rutgers. The Mustangs only have to leave Texas once until November and three times all year, but it's still going to be a rough run.

2013 Schedule
8/30 Texas Tech
9/7 Montana State
9/21 at Texas A&M
9/28 at TCU
10/5 Rutgers
10/19 at Memphis
10/26 Temple
11/9 at Cincinnati
11/16 Connecticut
11/23 at USF
11/29 at Houston
12/7 UCF


Non-Conference Games: at Notre Dame, Fordham, at Idaho, Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Fordham, at Idaho, Army

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Notre Dame, Houston, Louisville, at Cincinnati, at SMU, at Rutgers, UCF, Connecticut, at Memphis

Summary: The Owls don't get much of a break, starting out the year at Notre Dame and then diving right into Big East play against Houston. Beating the Cougars is a must to go on a big September run with Fordham and Idaho to follow. It gets ugly fast in October with Louisville and a trip to Cincinnati in six days and road games against SMU and Rutgers making it four away games in six and three in four weeks. The slate eases up late with home games against UCF and Connecticut before finishing up with Memphis, but getting close to a winning record will be a fight.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Notre Dame
9/7 Houston
9/14 Fordham
9/28 at Idaho
10/5 Louisville
10/11 at Cincinnati
10/19 Army
10/26 at SMU
11/2 at Rutgers
11/16 UCF
11/23 Connecticut
11/30 at Memphis


Non-Conference Games: Akron, at FIU, at Penn State ,South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Akron, at FIU, at Memphis, Connecticut, Houston, at Temple, at SMU

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Penn State, South Carolina, at Louisville, Rutgers, USF

Summary: Life as a Big Easter shouldn't be that bad early on with Akron and a trip south to FIU not a bad way to kick things off, but it'll get rough for a bit with a date at Penn State and a home game against South Carolina. There's a week off between the two big non-conference games, but the Knights have to go on the road for four games in five with a nasty trip to Louisville coming on a Friday night coming after a week off. Fortunately, four home games in the next five are in Orlando before closing out at SMU.

2013 Schedule
8/29 Akron
9/7 at FIU
9/14 at Penn State
9/28 South Carolina
10/5 at Memphis
10/18 at Louisville
10/26 Connecticut
11/9 Houston
11/16 at Temple
11/21 Rutgers
11/29 USF
12/7 at SMU

- 2013 Big East Composite Schedule & Weekly Rankings