Last year the Big East came within one second of being represented in the National Title game for the first time, and as a Nebraska fan I wish they would have and so too do many Cincinnati fans most likely.
Because if Nebraska won that Big 12 title game, Brian Kelly most likely turns down that Notre Dame job to coach in his first National Championship game.
But alas, as with West Virginia a few years before the breaks didn't go the Big East's way and now the conference lost one of its best coaches and looks to rebuild in 2010.
Since the raid of the Big East by the ACC it has been considered a less than formidable conference even though at 6-6 in the BCS they are above both the Big 10 and Big 12 in winning percentage within BCS games, but that takes into consideration the time before the ACC's raid upon the conference.
Enough of the past though, let's focus on the future. How will the Big East turn out in 2010? Really, without Kelly, it's anybody's guess. Here's how I picture it.