Last Updated - November 27, 2012 11:57 GMT
The two-team race between Rutgers (9-2) and Louisville (9-2) for the conference title became much more complicated after upset losses by both teams last weekend.
With losses to Pittsburgh and Connecticut respectively, the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals have opened the door for Syracuse and Cincinnati to each have a shot at the Big East crown.
The key team in the equation is Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights sit at the top of the conference with a 5-1 record. All the Knights need is a win against Louisville in the final game of the season to get the conference win and a spot in a BCS game.
Louisville needs a win against Rutgers and some help from the BCS voters. The Cardinals are third in the conference behind Syracuse with a 4-2 record and even with a win, they will be fighting Rutgers and Syracuse for a spot in the BCS as the highest-rated team of those three will represent the Big East should Louisville and UConn win.
For the Orange (7-5) that would mean they would have come back from a 2-4 start to win the conference.
“Obviously I look forward to the challenge of a bowl game,” coach Doug Marrone said.
A win by the Bearcats however will keep it a two-team race between Rutgers and Louisville as Cincinnati would jump the Orange thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker, but are out of the running for the conference title thanks to losses to both Rutgers and Louisville.
With so many possible outcomes to the season, it make Louisville’s triple overtime loss to UConn (5-6) all the more painful.
“When you’re in a position to finish out the season the right way when you have a group of seniors that you wan to go finish the season right for them we got to play better,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “Rutgers ended up getting beat [Saturday] so we’re still alive. This football team is still alive and we still have to go to Rutgers to win the game and get to the Orange Bowl.”
Either way, the Big East race, once a forgone conclusion, is now shaping up to be one of college football’s more exciting storylines in the final weeks of the regular season.