Louisville vs. Rutgers: Who Are You Rooting For?

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While the game has huge implications for both programs, the implications for the Syracuse Orange could be pretty big as well. Depending on how things shake out, Syracuse could end up a co-champion of the Big East and possibly move their way into a bigger bowl.

Neither the Rutgers Scarlet Knights or the Louisville Cardinals will be in the Big East much longer but one of them will lock down the Big East BCS bid tonight when they get it on in Piscataway.

It's such a big game, even the Empire State Building noticed. It's the biggest Rutgers football game since, well, that other Rutgers-Louisville game.

While the game has huge implications for both programs, the implications for the Syracuse Orange could be pretty big as well. Depending on how things shake out, Syracuse could end up a co-champion of the Big East and possibly move their way into a bigger bowl.

The question is, who are you rooting for? If you simply cannot root for Rutgers under any situation, I can understand that. However, if you're basing your decision on what is best for the Orange football team, it gets slightly complicated:

If Louisville Wins...

Syracuse will claim a share of the Big East crown, their first since 2004.

Syracuse will have the slimmest of slim chances to represent the conference in the BCS Bowl (about as unlikely as anything but, still, it's nice to be mathematically-considered).

A Co-Big East Title could be the final notch that locks Syracuse in to either the Belk or Pinstripe Bowl ($1.8M payout). Rutgers will almost certainly go to the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The possibility will remain for Pitt to jump Syracuse for the Pinstripe Bowl if they get bowl eligible, leaving Syracuse for the BBVA Compass Bowl ($1M payout).

If Rutgers Wins...

Coupled with a Cincinnati loss this weekend, Syracuse would finish as the out-right No. 2 team in the Big East.

Syracuse's odds of playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl ($2.275M payout) will grow considerably.

Syracuse's odds of playing in the Belk Bowl ($1.7M payout) will grow considerably.

Syracuse would practically be assured it falls no lower than the Pinstripe Bowl.

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So the question you have to ask yourself is, what's more important...a Co-Big East Title or a better bowl game? What affects recruiting more? What helps the program more next year? Does it even matter?

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