Orange Bowl 2013: Prestigious Game Will Be Better Off Without Team from Big East

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 21:  Jeremy Deering #18 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs with the ball   while defended by Adrian Bushell #21 of the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 21, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Big East is so terrible this year that the Orange Bowl will be a far more entertaining game if Boise State or Kent State gets in ahead of either Louisville or Rutgers. 

Let's look at the matchup possibilities for this BCS bowl game before further dissing the Big East. 

Florida State is a virtual lock for this game. The Seminoles will play Georgia Tech in the ACC title game, and their tough defense is going to destroy the run-centered Yellow Jackets, and then it will be off to the Orange Bowl. 

Their opponent is not as easy to decipher. 

Louisville and Rutgers will battle this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET for the Big East title. The winner of that game will then either be headed to the Orange or Sugar Bowl. 

As Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger points out, which bowl game they will be headed to hinges on the Sugar Bowl, since that bowl game will be picking its at-large team ahead of the Orange Bowl. 

So, they may take the Louisville-Rutgers winner, or they may go for a school like Boise State or Kent State. For either Boise State or Kent State to be eligible for a chance at one of the two aforementioned bowl games, they have to finish in the top 16 of the BCS bowl rankings and ahead of either the ACC or the Big East champion. 

Both are a strong possibility. The new standings will be released on Sunday night, and both No. 22 Boise State and No. 23 Kent State are ready to make huge jumps in the rankings. The seven teams directly in front of those two schools all lost this weekend, and that includes Rutgers and Louisville. 

So, those are the conditions, and the Orange Bowl needs to hope things fall their way and they don't get burdened with the Big East. 

Louisville has lost two straight, and they don't have a win over a ranked team all season. The Cardinals' passing offense has put up some decent numbers this season, but they would be destroyed by Florida State's defense. 

Meanwhile, Rutgers isn't any better. The Scarlet Knights were rolled by Pitt this week, and back on October 27th, they hosted Kent State, when the Golden Flashes cruised to a 35-23 victory. 

Neither Rutgers nor Louisville has the talent or the momentum to beat Boise State or Kent State, and they would be absolutely destroyed by Florida State in a game no one would be anxious to tune in for in the first place.