Here we are heading into the fifth game of the Mountaineers (6-3, 2-2 Big East) seven game Big East schedule and the homies in Morgantown sit squarely at .500 in the conference. This week’s game will be another road test as they travel south west to Louisville, Kentucky to battle first year head coach Charlie Strong and the Cardinals (5-5, 2-3 Big East). From what I gather, the Cardinals are a much improved team from last season and should put up a good little fight against the Mountaineers. With home field advantage and the Mountaineers enjoying a cake walk against Cincinnati last week, who knows what will happen Saturday
This much I do know about the Big East, as a league, it has flat out been terrible this season. I know, I’m just another “Sunday morning QB” or “Couch head coach” who’s repeating everything Jesse Palmer, Mark May, and the other ESPN analyst say. Folks, I’m here to tell ya I’ve watched a lot of college football this year and there has been no comparison between the Big East and other BCS conferences. Honestly, the only other BCS conference that I think the Big East could even compete with is probably the Pac-10 (no offense west coast homies, but outside of Oregon I’ve yet to see another dominant team).
After writing the previous paragraph, I ran upstairs to show it to my beautiful wife, and Mountaineer fan, Kim, to read and she gave me the reaction I expected. She defended both WVU and the Big East and told yours truly that I needed more evidence to support these claims. Well, I would now like to present exhibit A: The AP Top 25. According to www.sports.ap.org/college-football, the poll for week 12 Not One Big East Team is currently ranked. Heck, only One, Syracuse, even recieved any votes from the pollsters. I’d also like to present exhibit B: Big East vs. Top 25. To date, the Big East is collectively 1-6 against Top 25 competition (my brother’s Orange get credit for the conferences lone Top 25 victory having beat WVU back in October).
Once again I’ve managed to digress so let me bring this blog back to the WVU and Louisville game. Believe it or not, WVU has a legitimate chance of winning the conference championship should the Mountaineers run the table. Actually, Louisville has an outside shot at a share of the title should they win out as well. So, for all the Big East bashing I’ve done, I’m forced to admit that there’s plenty of parady in the Big East (can’t quite say the same of other BCS conferences).
One last thing, should the Mountaineers find themselves in the loser’s column for the fourth time this season, listen for the announcers to talk about Bill Stewart’s job security. While it may sound like I’m subliminally trying to bring about a coaching change, I’m really not. Stewart seems like a nice man and I could honestly care less who’s coaching in Morgantown. I’m just trying to keep you, my prosportsblogging homies, up to date with what I hear in these West Virginia streets.
About the Author
Written by Jason Lee
Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, I've been a sports fan probably since I was about 9 years old! A 2002 graduate of Mount Union College (Alliance, OH), I've had the opportunity to cover some great high school football on the radio in both Ohio (working with WHBC in Canton) and in West Virginia (I currently work with Bristol Broadcasting in Charleston). I also keep an on-line journal/blogs on my own website.