November 13th, 2012 at 3:57 PM ^

They really should have gone with something more exacting like "Kind Of East" and "More Or Less West", although I find it interesting that, according to the article, part of Temple's presence in the "West" is its interrupted history in the conference as well as it's only potential in-state rival being headed to the ACC now. To that end, I cannot wait for the transcontinental rivalry that will surely develop between San Diego State and Temple. There's a game that fans almost 2,400 miles to see....

814 East U

November 13th, 2012 at 3:49 PM ^

It might be time for a BIG/ Big East challenge in football? Who truly is the worst conference in football?  Looking forward to that Indiana v. South Florida matchup.


November 13th, 2012 at 6:20 PM ^

As much as we like to poo poo on the Big Ten, it's still far better than both the Big East and the ACC. 

Compare us to the ACC.  Call OSU and FSU a wash for this year.  Clemson would be at least a 3-loss team even in the Big Ten, and everyone else is garbage. 


November 13th, 2012 at 4:17 PM ^

Louisville couldn't go west because it would split up the Louisville/Cincinnati rivalry.

No conference would ever take its best traditional rivalry and split the teams into opposite divisions, right?


November 13th, 2012 at 4:23 PM ^

The East keeps the 5 long-standing conference members together.

They should have sent C. Florida west and kept Temple in the East, keeping the current 6 Big East members together, but I imagine they wanted a S.Florida / C. Florida rivalry.  And, I mean, who can't wait for that dog-fight every year for the Wednesday night game of the week?


November 13th, 2012 at 11:12 PM ^

I wonder if they have a little buyer's remorse with their move to the Big East.  Like you said, with the move coming to a 4 team playoff, the odds of a Big East team making it seem pretty slim.  Now in the Big East, other than when they play each other, Boise and SDSU are going to be travelling at least half way across the country to play their conference road games and in some cases all the way across the country.  The amount of miles they are going to be flying each year is crazy.


November 13th, 2012 at 6:41 PM ^

I think they should have gone with:

  1. Memphis
  2. Louisville
  3. Connecticut
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Houston
  6. Temple


  1. Central Florida
  2. South Florida
  3. SMU
  4. San Diego State
  5. Boise State
  6. Rutgers

And called them the Basketball School Division and Not Even That.

Mich Mash

November 13th, 2012 at 11:19 PM ^

...but does the # of teams per division or geography really matter?  This conference is unorthodox in every way, might as well seal the deal.

Pleasant States Division

  1. Central Florida
  2. South Florida
  3. San Diego State

Crappy States Division

  1. Memphis
  2. Louisville
  3. SMU
  4. Connecticut
  5. Boise State
  6. Rutgers
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Houston
  9. Temple


November 14th, 2012 at 1:02 PM ^


Dear god Temple... according to google maps, their average travel distance for divisional games is a little over 1,800 miles. Total reasonable....