The ever changing landscape of the Big East

It seems like we could devote a column every week to the trials and tribulations of the Big East ahead of Navy's involvement in 2015. Keeping up with the league merry-go-round is a full time job at this point, though to be honest anyone who is in any way associated with Navy football cannot like what they are seeing.

It seems like we could devote a column every week to the trials and tribulations of the Big East ahead of Navy's involvement in 2015. Keeping up with the league merry-go-round is a full time job at this point, though to be honest anyone who is in any way associated with Navy football cannot like what they are seeing.

The Big East for whatever reason is by far the most vulnerable of all the BCS conferences to expansion. There are no major football powers in the league and with the Big Ten and ACC seemingly set on expansion even the minor players are being picked up. The loss of founding member Rutgers to the Big Ten is set at this point, with news soon following that either Louisville (probably the remaining football name) or Connecticut are to be snatched by the ACC to replace the departing Maryland.

To be honest who can blame the schools that are leaving? As of today there are exactly ZERO Big East schools in the BCS Top 25. Delving a little deeper you see just how far the league has fallen in the eyes of both humans and the computers. There are two MAC teams (Kent State and Northern Illinois) in the Top 25, Kent, by the way, has a real shot at a BCS Bowl this year. Two (Utah State and San Jose State) from the ridiculously watered down WAC also have a shot. Making things look even worse for the Big East is the fact the league cannot place a two loss team in the top 25, while four loss teams Michigan and Oklahoma State are ranked.

That tells you everything about how bad the Big East football landscape is in 2012. The bottom half of the league is terrible both in terms of record and strength of schedule, while there is no good non-conference win to be seen anywhere. The most worrying aspect for Navy is that the future looks a whole lot worse than the present. If 9-2 Louisville follows 9-2 Rutgers out of the door then the football mantle gets passed to a Cincinnati team which lost to Toledo.

It is not like the cavalry is coming any time soon either. The league announced yesterday that the replacements for the schools leaving are going to be........wait for it........Tulane and East Carolina. Yes, that's right; the Big East will be trading the New York/New Jersey TV market of Rutgers for a school which barely has a following outside of Greenville, North Carolina. With current and future additions the Big East is basically becoming a slightly stronger Conference USA.

With TV rights currently up for grabs this is a murky time for the Big East and losing this high profile programs does nothing but weaken the league. It is clear to all that the Mids need conference affiliation moving forward, but it is equally as clear that day by day the Big East becomes a less attractive option for the future of the Naval Academy.

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