Louisville locks up a share of the Big East title and now waits for the rest of the conference schedule to play itself out. West Virginia and Cincinnati take one step closer to sharing that crown with the Cardinals, while Rutgers’ loss to Connecticut knocks them out of contention. Pittsburgh, Syracuse, South Florida and the Huskies all are one game away from bowl eligibility.
Why did the SU football team, which was sitting on top of the Big East World late on the evening of Oct. 21 following a 49-23 dismantling of Top 15 ranked West Virginia, implode with a fourth consecutive defeat, a disheartening 30-13 Senior Day loss to Cincinnati in the Dome on Saturday, to drop to 5-6 with a game left to play?
Throw in the fact that bowl eligibility is no guarantee of an invitation, would that scenario come into play if a 6-6 Syracuse needs the Big East’s help in being placed outside the conference’s contractually-obligated bowl partnerships with Notre Dame (the Champs Sports Bowl’s once-in- four-years selection at 8-3 with a game at Stanford to play), Rutgers, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Louisville already seemingly accounting for 5 of the 6 league’s bowl tie-ins?