Big East Team of the Decade
First, I want to wish you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
For the next two weeks, I will be taking a look at the conference teams of the decade for 2000-2009. Factored into my analysis will be conference win %, conference and division titles, bowl games and bowl wins. I will also include BCS bowl wins, final AP rankings and number of national championships for the major conferences. There have been several teams who have changed conferences during that time and I will include them in the analysis for any season(s) they were affiliated with that certain conference. I will also be doing a breakdown of how the conference did in bowl games during the decade and I will emphasis the overall win/loss record, the number of BCS bowl wins, and the records against Non-BCS and ranked bowl teams.
While some conferences may have no-brainers as the top team, other conferences were very competitive over the past decade. Here is the schedule for the upcoming week with the conferences I will be analyzing on each date.
Monday Sun Belt
Today Big East
Monday, July 5th Pac-10
Tuesday, July 6th ACC
Wednesday, July 7th Big 12
Thursday, July 8th Big 10
Friday, July 9th SEC
The Big East was not easy for me to research. At the start of the decade it was Miami Fl, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College, West Virginia, Temple and Rutgers. Temple was kicked out of the league in favor of Connecticut. Miami and Virginia Tech bolted the league for the ACC after the 2004 season and Boston College won the title in 2004 (7 team league) and left for the ACC in 2005. Then they added in USF, Cincinnati and Louisville in 2005.
Here are my overall rankings for Big East Team of the Decade.
Big East Rankings 2000-2009
|Rk||Team||Wins||Losses||Win %||Titles||# of Bowls||Bowl Wins||AP Top 25||AP Top 10||BCS Bowl Wins||Natl Champ|
Clearly this was a two horse race and while the numbers point to Miami, Fl which opened up the decade at 27-1 with 3 outright and 1 shared title in 4 years, they left the league for the ACC. Their 27 total wins in the Big East were STILL 3rd best in the decade!
I have been leaning towards teams that have left the conference recently with Marshall (MAC) and Louisville (CUSA) as teams of the decade but here I will go with West Virginia. They tied Miami for 4 titles and their 47 wins are 6 more than Pitt. They also went to 9 bowl games winning 5 and had 2 BCS Bowl wins and 3 AP Top 10 finishes. Had the Hurricanes stayed in the league for just one or two more years they would have proabably gotten the nod.
In 3rd Place, Cincinnati jumps Pittsburgh thanks to their back-to-back Big East titles the last two years and two crucial wins over Pitt with the league title on the line. The Panthers had a solid decade with 41 wins but missed several opportunities to finish higher in this list.
Former Big East member Virginia Tech and Boston College round out my list of teams of the decade as they were the only other remaining teams with at least a 50% win % in league play.
Here are the overall bowl records for Big East teams during the course of the decade. Keep in mind for Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Cincinnati, etc these bowl records are only from their seasons when they were in Big East.
Big East Bowl Records ’00-’09
|Team||Overall||vs BCS||vs Non-BCS||vs Ranked||BCS Bowls||Rec as Ranked|
The Big East was 32-19 (62.7%) in Bowl games during the decade thanks in large part to their 12-1 record vs Non-BCS schools. The conference did win 6 of their 10 BCS games and Boston College went a perfect 5-0 overall in bowl games when they were part of the Big East (’00-’04).
I will be back on Monday with a look at the team of the decade in the Pac-10 and just like the WAC it should come as no surprise who is #1.
Also please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my FCS Top 25 Countdown, which continues with #18 South Dakota St. Thru July 20th, I will post both magazine pages on a new team ranked in the Top 25 and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite FCS team. Remember those magazine pages are available for only 24 hours for you to download as the next team will be posted the following day.
Have a great holiday weekend!
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