Louisville football should benefit from being placed in the East Division of the Big East.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Big East football is a convenient punching bag. The college football world loves putting the league on a tee and delivering a forceful kick.
You know the problems. Not enough marquee teams. Shaky computer rankings. Overshadowed by basketball. Mid-sized fan support. You can add to the list. Most people have, even several University of Louisville fans.
Today Big East commissioner Mike Aresco made a move to give the league and its fans something more exciting to talk about – the makeup of the East and West divisions when the Big East goes to a dozen teams next season.
Louisville will sit in the East division with Cincinnati, South Florida, Central Florida, Rutgers and UConn.
Boise State will lead the West Division, which will also include San Diego State, SMU, Houston, Memphis and Temple. There are millions of frequent flier miles in the future for the Philadelphia-based fans of the Owls.
Good news for Louisville football?
I think so – unless the Cards can grab an invitation from the Big 12 or ACC. Here are five reasons I like where Louisville was placed:
1. Two games every season against teams in Florida. If you're going to keep recruiting Florida, better to play in the Sunshine State as often as possible. Just try to make the trips are in late November or early December. Please.
2. Maintains the Cincinnati rivalry. Tradition has taken a hit during conference realignment. This protects a game that U of L fans enjoy. And keeps the Keg of Nails relevant.
3. Sets up a Boise State-Louisville title game. The Broncos and Cards are the teams to watch in the Big East. Placing them in opposite division gives them a legitimate chance to meet when it really matters.
4. Keeps Rutgers on the schedule. The Scarlet Knights are ambitious about becoming a player in football. They are spending money. U of L and Rutgers have already played several unforgettable games.
5. Minimizes the trips to Houston and Memphis. If you've been to football games at either place, you don't need to ask extra questions.