The 2012 football season is now taking shape with the second week of BCS standings released this past Sunday. The Big East has two teams currently inside the Top 25. Looking through the rankings, there are at least five teams that would lose to one of those Big East squads.
The Big East is an automatic qualifying conference for a BCS bowl so there is a chance that these matchups could happen at the end of the season.
Teams like Rutgers and Louisville are having strong seasons and could pick off another top rated team if given the chance. Here are the five teams that should watch out for a matchup with a Big East school this bowl season. The game would end badly for these Top 25 teams.
Boise State has been the favorite BCS busting team of the past decade, but this season the Broncos aren't getting a lot of national attention. Boise State is currently the No. 21 team in the country and is riding a six-game winning streak.
The Broncos are not their typical form this season, currently fielding the No. 106 total offense and the No. 87 total defense in the country. This is not the Kellen Moore-led Bronco days.
Boise has beaten some quality opponents like BYU and Fresno State, but the Broncos also struggled against New Mexico.
Bring in a powerful Louisville or Rutgers squad and this Broncos team will be finishing the season with at least two losses.
You have to love what Frank Solich has done with this Bobcats team. The Ohio Bobcats have been historically bad and were downright terrible before his arrival.
Solich was hired in 2005 when the squad had went 4-8, 2-10 and 4-7 the three seasons before his arrival. Now the Bobcats are staring at an undefeated season.
Enough feel good stuff, this team would lose to a Big East squad if the matchup ever landed on the gridiron. The Bobcats are very meticulous on the field and execute well, but a Rutgers defense would eat up the Tyler Tettleton led Bobcats offense.
The Irish are having a spectacular season. It feels like it may finally be the year that Notre Dame returns to the top of the college football world.
With that in mind, there is a solid chance that a top level Big East team could pick off the No. 5 Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has been mediocre on offense and show-stopping on defense. Defense wins championships, but offense can win key games.
The Irish would struggle against a Louisville or Rutgers squad. The Irish have only ran away with one win so far this season and have danced with defeat on a number of occasions.
Strong quarterback play and solid defense would be able to bring down the golden domes. Both the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights have those. Notre Dame is a good team this season, but they are far from unbeatable.
Wisconsin has been disappointing this season. This Badgers squad was expected to challenge for the Big Ten and possibly a BCS bid. Instead, this Wisconsin team is sitting with two losses and looking lost at times on offense early in the season.
Montee Ball is returning to form, rushing for 982 yards and 13 touchdowns so far this fall. Ball can’t win every game on his own, and he would have trouble doing just that against an upper-level Big East team.
The Badgers traveled to Corvallis earlier this season and lost to Oregon State in a game that they were expected to win. The Badgers then traveled to Nebraska and lost a tough game to the Cornhuskers.
This isn’t the year for Wisconsin to win the big games. The Big East could beat the Badgers.
The Aggies have been great in their first season in the SEC. True freshman Johnny Manziel has become a longshot Heisman candidate and Texas A&M has climbed into the Top 25.
The Aggies are playing great offensively and are explosive along the defensive line, playing in the backfield of opponents consistently. The teams that have beaten Texas A&M have played inspired defensively.
The Big East isn’t known for defense, but Louisville and Rutgers are both playing that side of the football very well. Rutgers is the No. 14 defense in the country while Louisville is No. 31.
If the matchup were to happen, Johnny Football would be sequestered by both Big East defenses, leading to a loss for the newly anointed SEC squad.