– Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the league opponents and game sites for the 2013 BIG EAST football season – the conference’s first in its new 12-team, two division format.
The conference schedule will produce 48 regular-season games – the most in BIG EAST history – with each of the 12 teams playing eight league contests. The 2013 season will include two divisions of six teams, in which teams will play each of the other five schools in its division along with three schools from the other division.
“Our new home and away matchups for football in 2013 will create an exciting, competitive, and compelling season, culminating in our first-ever BIG EAST Championship Game,” said Aresco. “I know that our BIG EAST coaches, student-athletes, and fans have been looking forward both to the renewal of traditional rivalries and to great matchups with our newcomers. With games played in some of the nation’s most dynamic college football markets and biggest media centers, we are expecting a season of intense, high-caliber football played on a national stage.”
The East and West division winners, determined by final conference record, will meet in the first BIG EAST Football Championship Game, which will be played at the home site of one of the division winners.
The complete 2013 schedule will be announced at a later date.
2013 BIG EAST Football Schedule Breakdown
UCF Home: Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers, USF
Away: Cincinnati, Louisville, SMU, Temple
Cincinnati Home: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Louisville
Away: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, USF
Connecticut Home: Louisville, Rutgers, San Diego State, USF
Away: UCF, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple
Louisville Home: UCF, Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State
Away: Boise State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, USF
Rutgers Home: Cincinnati, Houston, USF, Temple
Away: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Louisville
USF Home: Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU
Away: UCF, Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers
Boise State Home: Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers
Away: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple
Houston Home: Memphis, San Diego State, SMU, USF
Away: Boise State, UCF, Rutgers, Temple
Memphis Home: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple
Away: Boise State, Houston, Louisville, USF
San Diego State Home: Boise State, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple
Away: Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis
SMU Home: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Temple
Away: Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, USF
Temple Home: Boise State, Houston, UCF, Connecticut
Away: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, SMU