SEC/Big East Challenge: Ranking the Matchups

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SEC/Big East Challenge: Ranking the Matchups
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The SEC/Big East Challenge enters its fifth year still lesser-known than the granddaddy of all conference battles—the one between the ACC and Big Ten. That could change if these two leagues could produce 12 compelling matchups every season.

Unfortunately, the SEC still isn't that deep, and the Big East is forced to cut out some of its strong members to compensate.

With 16 schools in the Big East and 12 in the SEC before the arrival of Missouri and Texas A&M, some decisions need to be made about Big East teams getting left out. Louisville, West Virginia, UConn and Pitt would have produced compelling games with some of the SEC's mid-level schools, but they've been left out.

After all, someone has to play the SEC's barnacles, and both conferences benefit when those games are competitive.

So, we're left to ponder the merits of games featuring DePaul, Providence and Villanova—the Big East's bottom three teams in 2011-12. Next season, though, at least one of those teams could be involved in a solid battle with an SEC side.

Read on and see which games should move the needle this November and December.

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