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2009 Big East Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
Cincinnati QB Tony Pike
Cincinnati QB Tony Pike
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 10, 2009


The Big East teams have interesting schedules with more room for non-conference games and unbalanced slates. Some teams get four road games in league play, some get three. Which teams have the easiest and the hardest slates? Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each Big East team's 2009 schedule.

2009 Big East Team Schedule 

- 2009 Big East Composite Schedule & Top Games

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

Cincinnati

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: SE Missouri State, at Oregon State, Fresno State, at Miami Univ., Illinois
Summary: The Bearcats aren't taking it easy with the non-conference schedule with a tough game at Oregon State to go along with interesting home games against Illinois and Fresno State. The Bearcats will be better than Miami University, but that's always an interesting in-state game. There are three road games in a four-game stretch in the middle of the season, but it's helped by an off week and the home game against Louisville. There are four Big East road games, but one of them is at Syracuse while Connecticut and West Virginia are at home. The final kick is tough with the Illinois game coming before a tough trip to Pitt to close things out.

Sept. 5 at Rutgers
Sept. 12 SE Missouri State
Sept. 19 at Oregon State
Sept. 26 Fresno State
Oct. 3 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 at USF 
Oct. 24 Louisville
Oct. 31 at Syracuse
Nov. 7 Connecticut
Nov. 13 West Virginia 
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Illinois
Dec. 5 at Pitt


Connecticut

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Ohio, North Carolina, at Baylor, Rhode Island, at Notre Dame
Summary: The Huskies will be thoroughly tested for Big East play with a big statement game against North Carolina and a trip to Baylor wrapped around winnable games against Ohio and Rhode Island. The URI game is followed up by a week off, so the team should be rested and ready for the showdown in the conference opener at Pitt. The Huskies' Big East title hopes will be made or broken after the first three weeks of league play with at trip at West Virginia a likely must win. If playing the Panthers and the Mountaineers on the road wasn't bad enough, the other Big East road game is at Cincinnati. A late November road trip to Notre Dame will be coming off a week off meaning the Huskies will go almost a whole month between home games. Getting South Florida in the cold at home on December 5th is a major plus.

Sept. 5 at Ohio
Sept. 12 North Carolina
Sept. 19 at Baylor
Sept. 26 Rhode Island
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at Pitt
Oct. 17 Louisville
Oct. 24 at West Virginia
Oct. 31 Rutgers
Nov. 7 at Cincinnati
Nov. 14 OPEN DATE
Nov. 21 at Notre Dame
Nov. 28 Syracuse
Dec. 5 USF


Louisville

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Indiana State, at Kentucky, at Utah, Southern Miss, Arkansas State
Summary: The rebuilding job for the Cardinals won't be made much easier with a tough road schedule. Not only are there back-to-back non-conference games against Kentucky and Utah, but they kick off a stretch of four road games in six weeks and five road games in seven. There are four Big East road games with dates at West Virginia and South Florida while Pitt and Rutgers have to come to Papa John's. The off weeks come in lousy times with the first one coming after the season-opening layup against a bad Indiana State team. There's a run of 11 games in 11 weeks before the regular season ends with the Rutgers game on November 28th.

Sept. 5 Indiana State
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 at Kentucky
Sept. 26 at Utah
Oct. 2 Pitt
Oct. 10 Southern Miss
Oct. 17 at Connecticut
Oct. 24 at Cincinnati
Oct. 31 Arkansas State
Nov. 7 at West Virginia
Nov. 14 Syracuse
Nov. 21 at USF
Nov. 28 Rutgers
Dec. 5 OPEN DATE


Pitt

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Youngstown State, at Buffalo, Navy, at NC State, Notre Dame
Summary: It's not all that bad with the toughest road date in non-conference play coming at NC State and with just three conference road dates. While the late November trip to West Virginia for the backyard brawl will be tough, the other two Big East road games at Louisville and Rutgers are manageable considering Cincinnati and South Florida come to Heinz Field. On the down side, the toughest stretch of the year comes early on with three road games in four weeks closing out with a short week to prepare for Rutgers. The positive of the early game is the eight days off before the South Florida game. After going off to play the Scarlet Knights, Pitt doesn't play another road game for six weeks.

Sept. 5 Youngstown State
Sept. 12 at Buffalo
Sept. 19 Navy
Sept. 26 at NC State
Oct. 2 at Louisville
Oct. 10 Connecticut
Oct. 16 at Rutgers
Oct. 24 USF
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 Syracuse
Nov. 14 Notre Dame
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 27 at West Virginia
Dec. 5 Cincinnati


Rutgers

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Howard, FIU, at Maryland, at Army, A Fifth Game To Be Announced
Summary: Don't blame the schedule if Rutgers has a lousy season. The non-conference game has one tough battle, at Maryland, and the rest are as light and breezy as they come. Cincinnati, South Florida, Pitt and West Virginia are all home games with the toughest Big East road test at Connecticut. The only down side is the mid-season stretch of four road games in five, but they're spread out with a week off in between and a Friday night home game with South Florida.

Sept. 5 Cincinnati
Sept. 12 Howard
Sept. 19 FIU
Sept. 26 at Maryland
Oct. 3  OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 TBA
Oct. 16 Pitt
Oct. 23 at Army
Oct. 31 at Connecticut
Nov. 7 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 USF
Nov. 21 at Syracuse
Nov. 28 at Louisville
Dec. 5 West Virginia


South Florida

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Wofford, at Western Kentucky, Charleston Southern, at Florida State, Miami
Summary: The Bulls a three week preseason against Wofford, at Western Kentucky, and Charleston Southern before really starting off the year at Florida State. The showdown with the Seminoles, combined with a late November date with Miami, could be the type of games that can change around the program. While West Virginia and Cincinnati have to go to Tampa, the Bulls have to go to Connecticut in the cold on December 5th. There are four Big East road games in all, but one is at Syracuse. The Rutgers game in mid-November could be sneaky-tough weather-wise.

Sept. 5 Wofford
Sept. 12 at Western Kentucky 
Sept. 19 Charleston Southern
Sept. 26 at Florida State
Oct. 3 at Syracuse
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Cincinnati
Oct. 24 at Pitt
Oct. 30 West Virginia
Nov. 7 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 at Rutgers
Nov. 21 Louisville
Nov. 28 Miami
Dec. 5 at Connecticut


Syracuse

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Minnesota, at Penn State, Northwestern, Maine, Akron
Summary: Syracuse isn't joining the Big Ten, but it'll start out the year with three games against the league with two home games against Minnesota and Northwestern and a road date at Penn State. The Big East slate is as good as can be asked for with just three road games and with West Virginia, South Florida, and Cincinnati coming to the Dome. However, the Orange, after going from September 19th to November 7 without playing a road game, finishes up with three road games in the final four going to Pitt, Louisville and Connecticut.

Sept. 5 Minnesota
Sept. 12 at Penn State
Sept. 19 Northwestern
Sept. 26 Maine
Oct. 3 USF
Oct. 10 West Virginia
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 Akron
Oct. 31 Cincinnati
Nov. 7 at Pitt
Nov. 14 at Louisville
Nov. 21 Rutgers
Nov. 28 at Connecticut
Dec. 5 OPEN DATE


West Virginia

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: Liberty, East Carolina, at Auburn, Colorado, Marshall
Summary: It's an interesting non-conference schedule with home games against East Carolina, Colorado, and the rivalry battle with Marshall sure to get plenty of attention, while the road game at Auburn is tougher on paper than it will be when the Mountaineers arrive. There are four Big East road games, but they're nicely spread out with no killer stretches of time without a home game. However, going to South Florida and Cincinnati will be rough, while there's an off week before the showdown against Pitt.

Sept. 5 Liberty
Sept. 12 East Carolina
Sept. 19 at Auburn
Sept. 26 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Colorado
Oct. 10 at Syracuse
Oct. 17 Marshall
Oct. 24 Connecticut
Oct. 30 at USF
Nov. 7 Louisville
Nov. 13 at Cincinnati
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 27 Pitt
Dec. 5 at Rutgers