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2010 Big East Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
Connecticut RB Jordan Todman
Connecticut RB Jordan Todman
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 13, 2010


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 roads? Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each Big East team's 2010 schedule.


2010 Big East Schedule

- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

Big East Composite Schedules 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Big East Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2010 Big East Composite Schedule & Week Rankings

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

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Fresno State, Indiana State, at NC State, Oklahoma, Miami Univ.
 Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The Bearcats will have a few big chances early on to show that there's life after Brian Kelly with road games at Fresno State and NC State along with a nasty home game against Oklahoma. Playing Indiana State and Miami University in non-conference play will get the Bearcats at least two wins before Big East play kicks in, and all things considered, they get a big break. There are only three conference road games, and while going to West Virginia and Connecticut won't be easy, getting USF, Rutgers, and Pitt at home could make a huge difference in the Big East race. It also helps to get a week off before facing the Mountaineers, and it will also help to not have two road games in a row.

Sept. 4 at Fresno State
Sept. 11 Indiana State
Sept. 16 at NC State
Sept. 25 Oklahoma
Oct. 2 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 Miami Univ.
Oct. 15 at Louisville
Oct. 22 USF 
Oct. 30 Syracuse
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 13 at West Virginia
Nov. 20 Rutgers
Nov. 27 at Connecticut
Dec. 4 Pitt 

Connecticut

Non-Conference Schedule: at Michigan, Texas Southern, at Temple, Buffalo, Vanderbilt
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The schedule likely might not be the Big East's easiest, but it's not far off even with four conference road games. The Huskies don't have to play Pitt, West Virginia, or Cincinnati on the road and get relative lightweights Syracuse and Louisville away (along with Rutgers and South Florida). Playing at Michigan isn't necessarily the killer opener it was five years ago and could be a springboard to a tremendous first half of the year with winnable games against Texas Southern, at Temple, Buffalo, and Vanderbilt before Big East play starts at Rutgers. Not only do the Huskies get the Mountaineers and Panthers at home, but there's a week off before the two big showdowns.

Sept. 4 at Michigan
Sept. 11 Texas Southern
Sept. 18 at Temple
Sept. 25 Buffalo
Oct. 2 Vanderbilt
Oct. 8 at Rutgers
Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 at Louisville
Oct. 29 West Virginia
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 Pitt
Nov. 20 at Syracuse
Nov. 27 Cincinnati
Dec. 4 at USF

Louisville

Non-Conference Schedule: Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, at Oregon State, at Arkansas State, Memphis
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: If new head coach Charlie Strong can get the team to play just a wee bit more consistently and be a lot more productive on both sides of the ball, Louisville could be one of the bigger success stories of the Big East season. Consider it a great start if the Cardinals can split with Kentucky and Oregon State early on, and with relatively easy games against Eastern Kentucky, at Arkansas State, and Memphis in non-conference play, a 3-2 start needs to be expected and 4-1 isn't out of the question. There's a nice three-game homestand in the middle of the season playing Memphis, Cincinnati and Connecticut, and there are only three Big East road games going to Pitt, Syracuse, and Rutgers. Playing the Panthers and the Orange in back-to-back weeks is nothing to complain about considering the rest of the slate.

Sept. 4 Kentucky
Sept. 11 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 18 at Oregon State
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 at Arkansas State
Oct. 9 Memphis
Oct. 15 Cincinnati
Oct. 23 Connecticut
Oct. 30 at Pitt
Nov. 6 at Syracuse
Nov. 13 USF
Nov. 20 West Virginia
Nov. 26 at Rutgers

Pitt

Non-Conference Schedule: at Utah, New Hampshire, Miami, FIU, at Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: It's not like the schedule is a breeze with Utah, Miami and Notre Dame to deal with, but if the Panthers can play up to their talent and potential, there's not a game on the slate that they can't win. They should be better than the Utes and the Irish, but those games are on the road, and Miami has to come to Heinz. There are only three away games and Syracuse is one of them meaning West Virginia, Rutgers, and Connecticut, likely the three biggest barriers to the BCS, are at home. The finishing kick is nasty, though, going to Tampa in late November to face USF and having to deal with West Virginia six days later in  the Backyard Brawl. The regular season finishes up a week later at Cincinnati.

Sept. 2 at Utah
Sept. 11 New Hampshire
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 Miami
Oct. 2 FIU
Oct. 9 at Notre Dame
Oct. 16 at Syracuse
Oct. 23 Rutgers
Oct. 30 Louisville
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 Connecticut
Nov. 20 at USF
Nov. 26 West Virginia
Dec. 4 at Cincinnati

Rutgers

Non-Conference Schedule: Norfolk State, at FIU, North Carolina, Tulane, at Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: North Carolina. If Rutgers can beat the Tar Heels in a key late September home game, there's no excuse whatsoever to not start the season 6-0 before going to Pitt. The Scarlet Knights have to face Connecticut at home over the first half of the season, but any team that thinks it can win the Big East title has to win that game. Unfortunately the breaks stop there with as brutal a Big East road schedule as could be made: At Pitt, at USF, at Cincinnati, and at West Virginia. It's just bad enough to eliminate any and all dreams of going to the BCS, and if there isn't a big early start and a nice fat record, it could be an ugly turn once November kicks in.

Sept. 2 Norfolk State
Sept. 11 at FIU
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 North Carolina
Oct. 2 Tulane
Oct. 8 Connecticut
Oct. 16 at Army
Oct. 23 at Pitt
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 at USF
Nov. 13 Syracuse
Nov. 20 at Cincinnati
Nov. 26 Louisville
Dec. 4 at West Virginia

Syracuse

Non-Conference Schedule: at Akron, at Washington, Maine, Boston College
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: The team should be a little better in Doug Marrone's second year, but it's not going to be making plans for the BCS. It should be good enough to get through Akron and Maine without a problem and hope for a 3-1 start, with the one loss likely to come at Washington. Playing Boston College in the regular season finale isn't going to be easy, but it ends a nice run of three home games in the final four. The Big East slate doesn't have a bunch of breaks going on the road to face USF, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Rutgers and with three road games in a four week stretch and with four away dates in a six game stretch.

Sept. 4 at Akron
Sept. 11 at Washington
Sept. 18 Maine
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 To Be Determined
Oct. 9 at USF
Oct. 16 Pitt
Oct. 23 at West Virginia
Oct. 30 at Cincinnati
Nov. 6 Louisville
Nov. 13 at Rutgers
Nov. 20 Connecticut
Nov. 27 Boston College

South Florida

Non-Conference Schedule: Stony Brook, at Florida, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, at Miami
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The Bulls have to go to Gainesville to play Florida and has to go to Miami to play the Hurricanes. That almost makes it forgivable to have Stony Brook, Western Kentucky, and Florida Atlantic. In Big East play, the Bulls have to go to West Virginia and Cincinnati in back-to-back weeks after starting out with four home games in the first five. From the start of November on, USF only has to leave the state of Florida once to face Louisville. In all, there are only three conference road games with only one after October 22nd. Basically, if the Bulls can somehow split against the Mountaineers and the Bearcats, the schedule won't give them any excuses to not be in the thick of the Big East title hunt until the end.

Sept. 4 Stony Brook
Sept. 11 at Florida
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 Western Kentucky
Oct. 2 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 9 Syracuse
Oct. 14 at West Virginia
Oct. 22 at Cincinnati
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 Rutgers
Nov. 13 at Louisville
Nov. 20 Pitt
Nov. 27 at Miami
Dec. 4 Connecticut

West Virginia

Non-Conference Schedule: Coastal Carolina, at Marshall, Maryland, at LSU, UNLV
Realistic Best Case Record:
10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: The non-conference schedule will be interesting with a tough road trip to LSU to go along with the always emotional game against Marshall and a decent test against an improved Maryland. But if the Mountaineers are as good as expected, they should be 4-1 before hosting South Florida to start off the Big East part of the schedule. The mid-season stretch of four home dates in five games should provide the cushion needed for the final three weeks. They have to go on the road to face Louisville and Pitt in late November and have to do it in back-to-back weeks before finishing up against Rutgers.

Sept. 4 Coastal Carolina
Sept. 11 at Marshall
Sept. 18 Maryland
Sept. 25 at LSU
Oct. 2 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 UNLV
Oct. 14 USF
Oct. 23 Syracuse
Oct. 20 at Connecticut
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 13 Cincinnati
Nov. 20 at Louisville
Nov. 26 at Pitt
Dec. 4 Rutgers