The Big East Conference has approved a 2-division format for football for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, commissioner Mike Aresco announced today.
The winners of the East and West Divisions will meet in the Big East Championship Game, which will be held at the home site of one of the “participating teams.” The host will likely be the team with the best record in conference play, although the specifics were not announced.
“This new alignment gives the Conference and its fans the best of both worlds – national exposure that is a result of the BIG EAST being in six of the top 10 U.S. media markets – with a schedule that focuses on spirited regional rivalries,” said Aresco.
Below is a look at the East and West Divisions of the Big East for the 2013-14 seasons. Each team will play an 8-game conference schedule which will consist of five games within the division and three games from the opposite division. The home and away opponents for each school will be announced on Dec. 3.
San Diego State
Commissioner Aresco also noted that the Big East will “revisit” the divisional alignment after the 2014 season when Navy and another school or schools are added.
ESPN reported this morning that the proposed divisions after 2014 are still the Red and Blue Divisions which are not geographical. The Red Division in 2015 could consist of Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis, Navy, San Diego State, SMU, and USF, while the Blue Division could consist of Boise State, Cincinnati, Houston, Rutgers, Temple, UCF, and the 14th team.
The cross-division rivals, as ESPN reported, will likely be Cincinnati-Louisville, UConn-Rutgers, Boise State-San Diego State, Houston-SMU, Navy-Temple, UCF-USF, and Memphis versus the 14th team.