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Big East Thriving, Even With Bloated Corpse Of SU Football

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As part of ESPN's "Up With The BCS Cause They Pay Our Company A Shitload Of Money" puff piece series, Mark Schlabach uncovers a staggering truth today...Big East football ain't all that bad.
Who knew the Big East would play this well? West Virginia came within one victory of playing in the BCS Championship Game last season, but lost to rival Pittsburgh 13-9 on the final Saturday of the regular season. South Florida, which didn't start fielding a football program until 1997, won its first six games last season and climbed as high as No. 2 in the national rankings. Rutgers, which went to one bowl game in the first 131 years of its program, has played in the postseason three consecutive seasons. Even Connecticut was ranked for the first time last season.
Hey Mark, you left out Syracuse. What about us? Oh...right.

The article then lists out a couple top ten lists, of which Syracuse gets a mention or two in each:

Big East's Top 10 Players Of BCS Era

2. Donovan McNabb, quarterback, Syracuse
: McNabb was a four-year starter for the Orangemen and set Big East records for touchdown passes (77), passing yards (8,389) and total offense (9,950). He twice was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year and was the league's Player of the Decade for the 1990s.

Big East's Top 10 Games Of BCS Era

8. Syracuse 50, Virginia Tech 42 (3 OT) -- Nov. 9, 2002
: A week after the Hokies were upset by Pittsburgh, the Orangemen stunned them in the Carrier Dome to knock Tech out of the Big East title race. Damien Rhodes scored on a 25-yard run and two-point conversion to put Syracuse ahead in the third overtime, then Tech quarterback Bryan Randall's pass was intercepted to end the game.

10. Syracuse 28, Virginia Tech 26 -- Nov. 14, 1998: Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb threw up on the sideline before the final play, then threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Brominski to win the game. Syracuse won its next two games to win its second straight Big East title.

Big East's Top 10 Teams Of BCS Era


10. 1998 Syracuse
: Led by QB Donovan McNabb, the Orangemen lost at Tennessee 34-33 in the opener and then won at No. 13 Michigan 38-28 in week 2. Syracuse scored 70 points against Rutgers and 63 against Cincinnati before blasting Miami 66-13 to win its second straight Big East title. (Ed Note: This team SHOULD have been one of the top five...good work Coach P)

Big East's Top 10 Moments Of BCS Era


9. Four-way tie in 2004
Four Big East teams -- Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia -- were declared co-champions in 2004 after each finished with a 4-2 record in league play. (Ed Note: Diamond Ferri, bitches)