Dogsnthings, you are right on the mark for BE issues. The same issues existed when Miami and Va Tech were in the BE as the conference always took a beating in this type of comparison scenerios simple due to size.
No one is comparing how many undefeated teams exist after day one and are still in the hunt for a BCS bid?
The Big East is just not being taken seriously in football and will not until the conference expands for football reasons and not just to keep 16 unlike members happy.
Football needs depth and the only way to get it is with numbers.
I was impressed with the ACC performance this weekend not counting wins by formal BE members Va Tech and BC.
The Big East can look at one major benefit to this past weekend, the Miami loss to Florida State in previous years would have been a big blow. Everyone would have stated the Big East does not deserve BCS status simply because Miami lost a game.
Some good points, Lash. I believe there is a wide consensus that BE fb needs to broaden, at some point, in numbers and this could be relative to trends elsewhere.
I see TS2s messages and do note that a conference that is not all-sports may look internally for development and expansion initially. The BE has already done that with UCONN's 1-A upgrade; and, C-USA did the SAME when USF's new fb program was brought on board several years ago. Note, C-USA could have gone with a more established fb program at the time (even UCF was further along); but USF already was a C-USA member in bb.
The problem, I see, with the above type pursuits in the BE, is that opportunity and options have near closed. UCONN did it, but contrary to all the posts, Villanova, Georgetown, nor any other BE bb member have not announced such. Notre Dame will not. Army and Navy, I see as totally external to the BE, other than geography, and possessing unique issues about joining any conference. To get any more in fb upgrades from the current BE, full scope of members, is like drawing blood from a turnip.
The external options are not pretty. (Did not believe the USF addition was pretty either, but they were added). But there is potential, and some of the schools we have mentioned are close to BCS level potential if they had the right conference mechanism in place. For the BE. we are only talking about a couple for starters, not some massive overhaul of the conference. For fb, it is a matter of adding, not taking anyone way. The "take aways" are now in the ACC and the one not desired, Temple, is now gone as well.