Boise State is going to the Big East in 2013 and will likely find that environment a bit more hostile and perhaps more competitive than the Mountain West.
That’s not to say that Boise State won’t be competitive, though there are a host of variables that come into play next year. First, the Big East has yet to determine which teams will be playing in which division, or how many cross-division games there may be. Secondly, graduation and recruitment can change a lot.
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen generally tailors his team to the strengths of his players. A recruit who comes in and impresses so much that he starts as a freshman might be a new spin on things.
And, of course, current trends in the game are completely thrown out of the window after the season ends and coaches begin preparations for the next season while determining what needs to be addressed.
With those factors and others in mind, let’s look at a few of the top 2012 Big East teams and project how Boise State stacks up to them.
Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati sit atop the Big East standings right now. San Diego State is a team on the rise and will join the Big East with Boise State in 2013. Syracuse, at 4-2 in Big East play and 5-5 overall, just took down Louisville (4-1 and 9-1 overall), but the Orange are on the way out and will be in the ACC in 2013. Had the Orange hung around, they might have been a road block in the Big East as well.