College FB: Big East Belongs with the Big Boys

C. J. Krasyk@cfkrasyk2Correspondent IOctober 23, 2007

IconIt's time for all the Big East haters to admit they were wrong.

Five years ago, the Big East was left for dead by many sports "experts"...*cough* Colin Cowherd *cough*.

Now in no way shape or form am I saying that the Big East is better than the SEC—but they can compete with them.

Last year the Big East went 5-0 in bowl games, including victories against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech of the ACC and Kansas State of the Big 12.

Oh and not to forget that West Virginia beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, which was played in Atlanta.

Three teams Big East finished in the Top 15 (Louisville at 6, West Virginia at 10 and Rutgers at 12). Those same three were also ranked in the Preseason Top 25. 

South Florida's cracking the Top 25 gives the Big East another contender.

Only one coach has been replaced in the Big East over the last five years—Mark Dantonio who left Cincinnati for Michigan State. His replacement, Brian Kelly, has the Bearcats ranked and in the hunt for a Big East title.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano turned down Miami, and West Virginia alum Rich Rodriguez told Alabama and their $12 million contract to take a hike.

The Big East also posted an 11-7 record against BCS schools in the regular season last year. The SEC went 24-1 out of conference last year, but only 9-6 against BCS schools.

The Big Ten is 11-17 in postseason play since 2003—not to forget the whipping that Michigan took at the hands of USC and the way that Ohio State got dominated by Florida last year in the national title game.

The ACC went 4-4 in postseason and their top two teams got beat by Big East teams.

Even with one loss, West Virginia still has a shot at the national championship. The argument against them is the fact they're from the Big East and lost to South Florida.

Oklahoma plays in the Big 12, which really doesn't have any good teams—and the Sonners lost to Colorado after being up by more than 20. LSU lost to Kentucky (in their first real road test) and struggled against Florida...but everyone including Kirk Herbstreit still has them at number one.

It's time for the Big East to get the credit and respect it's due.

Better yet, the respect it has earned.