2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Five: The Big East

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2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Five: The Big East

We reach the halfway point of the BCS side in the 2009 Bowl Projection Series with the only remaining conference featuring an undefeated team: the Big East.

They are the “Big Least” no more, as although it is the smallest of the BCS conferences, the Big East has three to five very good teams almost every year.

At the top of the pack right now is Cincinnati, who needs only to defeat Pitt on Saturday to finish an unbeaten regular season and head to the BCS.

Of course, the Panthers, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to West Virginia last week, would love nothing more than to steal that spot.

If that happens, 11-1 Cincy would be a candidate for a BCS at-large berth, but they were a ratings disaster for the Orange Bowl last year and won’t even be as attractive as a two-loss Big Ten team.

The Big East has seven tie-ins, six of which are exercised in any given year. This year, they have six eligible teams; Notre Dame can be taken by the Gator or Sun Bowl if they win seven or more games, but at 6-6 they have to wait on contingencies.

Thus, all eligible spots will be taken.

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