Big East Bowl Tie-ins
- Bowl Championship Series
- Russell Athletic Bowl
- Belk Bowl
- Pinstripe Bowl
- BBVA Compass Bowl
- Liberty Bowl
- Beef O'Brady's Bowl
Louisville (10-2) overcame back-to-back losses to Syracuse and Connecticut by defeating Rutgers, 20-17, and taking the Big East Bowl Championship Series slot. The Cardinals will head to the Sugar Bowl to take on SEC titan Florida. It was a bit of an ironic meeting for the Big East, given that Rutgers has announced it’s leaving for the Big Ten and Louisville is headed to the ACC, but the Big East is used to that kind of thing.
The Scarlet Knights (9-3) fall back, then, to the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando (formerly the Champ Sports Bowl, and, before that, a whole host of things, including the CarQuest Bowl). Rutgers will face ACC opponent Virginia Tech.
The Belk Bowl in Charlotte (also previously played under different names such as the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Continental Tire Bowl) will host Cincinnati (9-3). The Bearcats will also face an ACC opponent, Duke. The Blue Devils are not known for their football following, but will be playing in their home state.
The Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, will also have a home-state representative: Syracuse (7-5). Yes, Syracuse is also en route out of the Big East (to the ACC), and it will face a former Big East foe (West Virginia), which is now part of the Big XII. The Mountaineers were hoping for a lot more bowl-wise before their season fell apart about halfway through.
The BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham gets Pittsburgh (6-6), which is most notable for sending No. 1-ranked Notre Dame into triple overtime. The Panthers missed the big upset, however. They will face Ole Miss of the SEC.
The Big East didn’t fill its slots in the Liberty Bowl or Beef O’Brady’s Bowl. Connecticut needed an upset over Cincinnati to become eligible, and didn’t get it.