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2010 Big East Conference: The Worst College Football Conference in History?

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tino Sunseri #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers hands the ball off to teammate Dion Lewis #28 during the game against the Miami Hurricanes on September 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 28, 2010

Let's face it—the Big East is not a powerhouse football conference. 

Students of incumbent schools look towards the basketball season with far more passion than that of football and rightfully so—especially after the results of this season.

Currently, the mighty unranked Pitt Panthers are in first place with a 2-0 conference record; however, their record overall is 4-3, which is hardly worthy of a potential champion.

Pitt's non-conference record is 2-3. Those two wins were against perennial powerhouses New Hampshire and Florida International. The losses were to the Utah Utes, Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Those are impressive non-conference wins. 

Nipping at Pitt's heels are the Syracuse Orange (4-3 overall, 2-1 conference). Remember the Orange—the team that just last year named former Duke point guard Greg Paulus the starting quarterback of the 2009 season after just one week of practice. 

Right behind Syracuse is West Virginia (5-2 overall, 1-1 conference), Louisville (4-3 overall, 1-1 conference), Rutgers (4-3 overall, 1-1 conference) and Cincinnati (3-4 overall, 1-1 conference). 

USF is also in the mix (4-3 overall, 1-2 conference). While we are at it, so is UConn (3-4 overall, 0-2 conference).

If Pitt wins out, then they will represent the Big East in a BCS bowl game with three losses. 

Syracuse has already lost to Pitt, but if West Virginia somehow makes it the rest of the way undefeated then the Big East champion will have two losses. 

The "Backyard Brawl" may define dignity for the Big East conference.

Then again, the Big East may truly earn the nickname "Big Easy" before it's all said and done.

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