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2008 Big East Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Louisville C Eric Wood
Louisville C Eric Wood
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 1, 2008


The Big East is only an eight team league meaning there are several chances for interesting non-conference games. It also means that some teams only have three league road dates. So who gets the big break? If you're looking for a rebound year from Eric Wood and Louisville, the schedule should help.

2008 Big East Team Schedule 

- 2008 Big East Composite Schedule & Top Games

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

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

Cincinnati
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-6
Realistic record: 9-4
 
There's an almost certain loss at Oklahoma in early September, but that's it as far as the first part of the non-conference schedule getting Eastern Kentucky, Miami University, at Akron and at Marshall before league play kicks in. The Bearcats will be good enough to go bowling, but getting to go to Hawaii in early December will still be a nice perk. The Big East schedule is more than manageable outside of a six-day early November test against West Virginia and Louisville, but there's an off-week before the key dates. South Florida and Rutgers have to come to Cincy.

Aug. 28 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 6 at Oklahoma
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 Miami Univ.
Sept. 27 at Akron
Oct. 3 at Marshall
Oct. 11 Rutgers
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 at Connecticut
Oct. 30 South Florida
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 at West Virginia
Nov. 14 at Louisville
Nov. 22 Pitt
Nov. 29 Syracuse
Dec. 6 at Hawaii

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Connecticut
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 6-6

It's not bad. Virginia's good, but if the Huskies plan on having a good season, they need to win the interesting early non-conference date. Do that and there should be a 4-0 start before jumping into Big East play with a road trip to Louisville. There's a tougher-than-it-looks trip to North Carolina as the second of three straight road games, and then comes a must-win homestand against Cincinnati and West Virginia before a week off, road games at Syracuse and South Florida, and another week off before hosting Pitt. I

Aug. 28 Hofstra
Sept. 6 at Temple
Sept. 13 Virginia
Sept. 19 Baylor
Sept. 27 at Louisville
Oct. 4 at North Carolina
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Rutgers
Oct. 25 Cincinnati
Nov. 1 West Virginia
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 at Syracuse
Nov. 22 at South Florida
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 6 Pitt

- 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: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

You want a bounce-back season Cardinal fans? You have the schedule to do it. There are only four road games and two are against Memphis and Syracuse. The other two will be tough, but playing at Pitt and Rutgers isn't like going to West Virginia or South Florida. Non-conference games against Kentucky and Kansas State might be tough, but those both come at home. If things weren't easy enough, there's a week off at the end of November before facing the Scarlet Knights. It would've been nice to get the break before facing West Virginia, but there's an extra day off before facing the Mountaineers.

Aug. 30 Kentucky
Sept. 6 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 17 Kansas State
Sept. 27 Connecticut
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at Memphis
Oct. 18 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 25 South Florida
Nov. 1 at Syracuse
Nov. 8 at Pitt
Nov. 14 Cincinnati
Nov. 22 West Virginia
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 4 at Rutgers
 
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Pitt
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

This might be the strongest Panther team yet under Dave Wannstedt, but the schedule could make it a challenging year. There's a chance for a big start with a home win over Iowa in mid-September, but the Big East slate starts out with two road games against Syracuse and South Florida. Going to Navy and Notre Dame will make it four road dates in a five-game span, and then there's the finishing kick. After getting a mid-November week off, the Panthers have to play at Cincinnati, West Virginia, and at Connecticut. That could be just tough enough to ruin Big East title hopes.

Aug. 30 Bowling Green
Sept. 6 Buffalo
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 Iowa
Sept. 27 at Syracuse
Oct. 2 at South Florida
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Navy
Oct. 25 Rutgers
Nov. 1 at Notre Dame
Nov. 8 Louisville
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 at Cincinnati
Nov. 28 West Virginia
Dec. 6 at Connecticut

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Rutgers
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

Picking up a loaded Fresno State at the last moment in the season-opener will show just how good the Scarlet Knights are from the start. Playing North Carolina and at Navy aren't going to be easy, and then there's October with the Big East schedule kicking off with three road games in four weeks playing at West Virginia, Cincinnati and Pitt. The other conference road game is at South Florida in November; hardly a breather. Fortunately there are two off weeks in November and three home games in the final four.

Sept. 1 Fresno State
Sept. 6 OPEN DATE
Sept. 11 North Carolina
Sept. 20 at Navy
Sept. 27 TBA
Oct. 4 at West Virginia
Oct. 11 at Cincinnati
Oct. 18 Connecticut
Oct. 25 at Pitt
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 Syracuse
Nov. 15 at South Florida
Nov. 22 Army
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 4 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

The Bulls catch a nice break playing just three Big East road games, but two are within five days of each other against Louisville and Cincinnati in late October, and the third is at West Virginia in December. Going to Morgantown in the cold won't be a plus for the warm weather team. Hosting Kansas early on could put Jim Leavitt's club on the national map with a win, while a trip to NC State could be far tougher than it would've been last year. Non-conference road trips to UCF and FIU are hardly going to be true away games considering they're in-state, but they could be vital for recruiting.

Aug. 30 UT Martin
Sept. 5 at UCF
Sept. 12 Kansas
Sept. 20 at FIU
Sept. 27 at NC State
Oct. 2 Pitt
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Syracuse
Oct. 25 at Louisville
Oct. 30 at Cincinnati
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 Rutgers
Nov. 22 Connecticut
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 6 at West Virginia

- 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: 4-8

There can't be many, if any, home gaffes with a rough road slate to deal with. Unfortunately the Orange has to play Penn State in the Dome to go along with supposed layups against Akron and Northeastern. The away dates would be tough for anyone, much less a team trying to rebuild. It doesn't get tougher in Big East play than going to West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers and Cincinnati, and there's a trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame to make it three road games in the final four weeks. There are five away games over the second half of the season, while the season opener at Northwestern isn't going to be a breeze.

Aug. 30 at Northwestern
Sept. 6 Akron
Sept. 13 Penn State
Sept. 20 Northeastern
Sept. 27 Pitt
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 at West Virginia
Oct. 18 at South Florida
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 Louisville
Nov. 8 at Rutgers
Nov. 15 Connecticut
Nov. 22 at Notre Dame
Nov. 29 at 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: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2

The schedule looks harder than it actually should be. The Big East slate isn't bad early and gets tough late with road trips to Louisville and Pitt in the span of six days, but remember, those two didn't go to a bowl last year. South Florida comes to Morgantown on December 6th; a perfect time to catch the warm-weather team. After a warm-up against Villanova to kick things off, the non-conference schedule gets nasty the rest of the way with trips to East Carolina and Colorado along with the mid-season showdown against Auburn. Win those three and a national title shot will likely be there for the taking.

Aug. 30 Villanova
Sept. 6 at East Carolina
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 18 at Colorado
Sept. 27 Marshall
Oct. 4 Rutgers
Oct. 11 Syracuse
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 Auburn
Nov. 1 at Connecticut
Nov. 8 Cincinnati
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 at Louisville
Nov. 28 at Pitt
Dec. 6 South Florida

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way