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2007 Big East Team Schedule Breakdown

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 14, 2007


Which Big East teams have the easiest and toughest schedules? Which have to deal with the league's big boys on the road? Steve Slaton and West Virginia's battle with Louisville will be the highlight of the season, but the rest of the slate looks terrific.

2007 Big East Composite Schedule | Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville
Pittsburgh | Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

1. West Virginia
2. Pitt
3. Louisville
4. Syracuse
5. South Florida
6. Cincinnati
7. Rutgers
8. Connecticut

Cincinnati
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5
New head man Brian Kelly has a chance to get off to a fast start if everything breaks right. A home upset over Oregon State could lead the way to a 5-0 record before October kicks in, and then things get interesting with at Rutgers, Louisville, at Pitt and at South Florida. If the Bearcats can get out of that stretch with a win, consider it a success. Wins over UConn and Syracuse late in the year are a must.

Cincinnati
Aug. 30 SE Missouri St
Sept. 6 Oregon State
Sept. 15 at Miami Univ.
Sept. 22 Marshall
Sept. 29 at San Diego St
Oct. 6 at Rutgers
Oct. 13 Louisville
Oct. 20 at Pitt
Nov. 3 at South Florida
Nov. 10 Connecticut
Nov. 17 West Virginia
Nov. 24 at Syracuse
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Connecticut
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6
The Huskies will have a chance to make a huge move this year with a manageable road slate and most of the big boys coming to Storrs. A win at Duke in the season opener would mean a 3-0 start (with Maine and Temple to follow) before the Big East opener at Pitt. After non-conference dates with Akron and at Virginia, the key stretch kicks in with a three-week home stretch against Louisville, South Florida and Rutgers. Sweep those three and the Big East title is there for the taking. Win one of the three and there'll be work to do for a bowl game with November road trips to Cincinnati and West Virginia to deal with.

Connecticut
Sept. 1 at Duke
Sept. 8 Maine
Sept. 15 Temple
Sept. 22 at Pitt
Sept. 29 Akron
Oct. 13 at Virginia
Oct. 20 Louisville
Oct. 27 South Florida
Nov. 3 Rutgers
Nov. 10 at Cincinnati
Nov. 17 Syracuse
Nov. 24 at West Virginia
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Louisville
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2
Steve Kragthorpe's first season should be easy early and brutal late. Outside of a near-certain shootout at Kentucky and a nastier-than-it-looks home game against Utah and a road date at Cincinnati, it should be relatively smooth sailing through the first two months of the year on the way to an 8-0 record before the season really kicks in. Pitt, at West Virginia, at South Florida and Rutgers will make or break Big East title hopes needing to win three of the final four to likely get back to the BCS. Win all four and the national title shot might be in view.

Louisville
Aug. 30 Murray State
Sept. 8 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 15 at Kentucky
Sept. 22 Syracuse
Sept. 29 at NC State
Oct. 6 Utah
Oct. 13 at Cincinnati
Oct. 20 at Connecticut
Oct. 27 Pitt
Nov. 8 at West Virginia
Nov. 17 at South Florida
Nov. 29 Rutgers
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Pitt
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 7-5
A big start is a must with a tough finishing kick. Forgive the team for taking it easy over the first two weeks against Eastern Michigan and Grambling with road tests at Michigan State and Virginia coming before the end of September. There's no margin for error in Big East play against Connecticut, Cincinnati, Syracuse and South Florida, all home games, with road dates at Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia over the second half of the year.

Pitt
Sept. 1 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 8 Grambling
Sept. 13 at Michigan State 
Sept. 22 Connecticut
Sept. 29 at Virginia
Oct. 13 Navy
Oct. 20 Cincinnati
Oct. 27 at Louisville
Nov. 3 Syracuse
Nov. 17 at Rutgers
Nov. 24 South Florida
Dec. 1 at West Virginia
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Rutgers
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 9-3
The schedule can't be used as an excuse if the team doesn't build on last year's breakout campagin with South Florida, West Virginia and Pitt all coming to New Jersey. The non-conference schedule is more than manageable with four of the games at home and the only challenge of the four (no offense to Navy) to come against Maryland. The one non-Big East road game is at Army; a layup if the team's head is on straight. In all there are only four games going to Syracuse, Connecticut and Army before finishing up the year at Louisville. In other words, 11-0 is possible before the showdown against the Cardinals.

Rutgers
Aug. 30 Buffalo
Sept. 7 Navy
Sept. 15 Norfolk State
Sept. 29 Maryland
Oct. 6 Cincinnati
Oct. 13 at Syracuse
Oct. 18 South Florida
Oct. 27 West Virginia
Nov. 3 at Connecticut
Nov. 9 at Army
Nov. 17 Pitt
Nov. 29 at Louisville
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

South Florida
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4
It's not bad, but there are just enough brutal road games to prevent a truly special season. The Bulls get West Virginia and Louisville at home, but have to go to Rutgers and Pitt. A non-conference date at Auburn comes just early enough that an upset is possible if everything breaks right, but that's a likely loss going into a two-week layoff and a must-win home game against North Carolina. In-state games against Florida Atlantic and UCF in mid-October aren't just must wins, they're vital blowout games to get the first look at the mid-level Sunshine State prospects.

South Florida
Sept. 1 Elon
Sept. 8 at Auburn
Sept. 22 North Carolina
Sept. 29 West Virginia
Oct. 6 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 13 UCF
Oct. 18 at Rutgers
Oct. 27 at Connecticut
Nov. 3 Cincinnati
Nov. 10 at Syracuse
Nov. 17 Louisville
Nov. 24 at Pitt
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Syracuse
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7
It would've been nice if there were more near-certain wins instead of challenging non-conference dates against Washington, at Iowa and Illinois to start the year, but victories in two of the three could serve as a confidence booster before starting off the Big East season at Louisville. West Virginia, Rutgers and South Florida have to come to the dome, so if the program is planning on making a big jump this year, wins against two of the bigger boys is a must. The second half of the year isn't all that bad playing Buffalo, at Pitt, South Florida, at UConn and Cincinnati.

Syracuse
Aug. 31 Washington
Sept.8 at Iowa
Sept. 15 Illinois
Sept. 22 at Louisville
Sept. 29 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 6 West Virginia
Oct. 13 Rutgers
Oct. 20 Buffalo
Nov. 3 at Pitt
Nov. 10 South Florida
Nov. 17 at Connecticut
Nov. 24 Cincinnati
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

West Virginia
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4
Realistic record: 10-2
It's all about surviving the early barrage. After warming up against a good Western Michigan team, the Mountaineers have to survive a brutal stretch of four road games in five weeks and five away games in the first eight going to Marshall, Maryland, South Florida, Syracuse and Rutgers. If the team is BCS title worthy, it shouldn't have a problem winning four of the five, but it might be too much to ask to go unscathed in all five. Things don't exactly ease up in November, but at least Louisville, Connecticut and Pitt have to go to Morgantown.

West Virginia
Sept. 1 Western Michigan
Sept. 8 at Marshall
Sept. 13 at Maryland
Sept. 22 East Carolina
Sept. 29 at South Florida
Oct. 6 at Syracuse
Oct. 20 Mississippi State
Oct. 27 at Rutgers
Nov. 8 Louisville
Nov. 17 at Cincinnati
Nov. 24 Connecticut
Dec. 1 Pitt
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way