November 26, 2008

NCAA Division I-A / Football Bowl Subdivision, the Big East: Team Profiles and Attendance Map (2007 figures).


The Big East’s football conference began play in 1991.  I wrote a bit about the conference last November {see this}.

The Big East’s football conference combines a few schools with storied pasts:  PittsburghSyracuse,  and West Virginia,  with some schools that never really had football programs to brag about,  but are now improving:  CincinnatiConnecticutRutgers,  and South Florida.   Louisville is the other school in the conference,  and is sort of in both categories. 

Friday, the 101st edition of the Backyard Brawl will take place,  as the West Virginia Mountaineers visit the Pitt Panthers (who are #25 in the BCS)  {see this}.  Here is an article from USA Today on the 100th Backyard Brawl  {Click here}.



South Florida has seen their average attendance rise from 30,222 in 2006;  to 53,170 last season.  That rise of nearly 23,000 vaulted them from 76th highest to 38th highest.  The nascent USF football program has only been in existence since 1997.


Thanks to   Thanks to the contributors to the Big East football pages on Wikipedia.   Thanks to AP Poll Archive  {Click here}.  

Thanks to   Thanks to  (Click on it and check out the nice illustration of what the first college football game looked like, in 1869: Princeton vs. Rutgers.)    Thanks to Ask-ville  {Click here}.   Thanks to The Sports Fanattic Shop {Click here}.

Thanks to Helmet Hut  {Click here};   The Helmet Project  {Click here};   Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos Page  {Click here}.;   Logo Server  {Click here};   Logo Shak  {Click here}.


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