These things always go in cycles.
For as many Big East boosters that have popped up in other forums of late, and for all the attempts of ESPN to wink/nudge Rutgers as New York City's team last week, there are the detractors debating how bad a possible title game might have been for Louisville (not to mention Rutgers), or how the best win OOC has been against Maryland or (on the road) Navy, the OOC record in general, et cetera.
People have noticed (and commented) that for all the basketball "fans of underdogs," there seem to be an equivalent number of fans of "you're not 'big boy football, go away.'"
Interesting year. It'd be more interesting if Rutgers goes to Morgantown and beats West Virginia, but there's a lot of people betting otherwise.
Hi, Pounder -
"We root for laundry." - Gerry Seinfeld
Those who are knocking Big East OOC schedules are cherry picking their examples.
Sure, Ohio State beat Texas, but lots of people still wanted Texas until they lost to Kansas State - a team that Louisville destroyed on the road - despite the fact that Texas' besst OOC win was Rice.
They point to the Michigan win over Notre Dame. Let's wait to see how highly ranked Notre Dame is after they lose to USC. Speaking of Notre Dame, their biggest win was a squeaker of Georgia Tech - no better than the West Virginia win over Maryland at this point in the season.
BTW, was Louisville supposed to know that Miami would go in the tank when they scheduled them? Other than Rutgers, what other undefeated conference champion would be denied a shot at the NC just because this Cinderella had scheduled a weak OOC schedule when they were not anticipating such a quick turn around. If this were the Big East of 2 years ago, the argument would be valid but not when they have to gothrough 2 top ten teams to get there. A weak BE certainly never stopped Miami or Virginia Tech from getting NC opportunities.
Would anyone be talking about denying Wisconsin a shot if they had won the Big Ten this year? Wisconsin's best OOC win was Bowling Green - barely ranked in the top 100! :o People would point instead to the fact that they had to go through Ohio State & Michigan in conference. In this year's weak Big Ten, that would be all and that's no different than going through West Virginia & Louisville. Oh, but wait just a minute! In the bloated Big Eleven, Wisconsin didn't even have to play Ohio State!! ::)
Let's take a look at the best OOC victories for some other NC contenders:
Florida - Southern Miss
Arkansas - Utah State :o
LSU - Arizona
Cal - Tennessee
These self-serving arguments promoted by bottom feeders & lizards like Lee Corso have no validity. The SEC won't schedule the Big East. Louisville was literally turned down by every SEC member. Penn State won't schedule the Big East. The Big Ten wants 2-for-1's. Lets' face it, it's the rare program like USC that actually schedules tough OOC competition. They're all trying to protect their records. The Big East's OOC schedules are no worse than the vast majority of teams from other conferences & are in many cases better.