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2012 Big East Conference football season
File:Big East Conference logo.svg
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September 2012 - January 2013
Number of teams 8
TV partner/s ESPN-Big East Network
Regular season
Football seasons
← 2011

2013 →

2012 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#22 Louisville §   5 2         11 2  
Cincinnati §   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers §   5 2         9 4  
Syracuse §   5 2         8 5  
Pittsburgh   3 4         6 7  
Connecticut   2 5         5 7  
Temple   2 5         4 7  
South Florida   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 5, 2013 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Big East football season is the NCAA football season of the Big East Conference. The conference consists of eight football members: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse and Temple. The Big East settled a lawsuit with West Virginia that will allow them to move to the Big 12 Conference for the 2012 season.[1][2]

Conference members will begin regular-season play on August 30 when Temple hosts Villanova, Conference play will start September 6 when Cincinnati hosts Pitt. The regular season will conclude on December 1.

Previous seasonEdit

West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville were co-Big East Champions with a conference record of 5-2. West Virginia received the conference's automatic bid into the BCS bid by way of tie-breaker. The Mountaineers went to the Orange Bowl and defeated Clemson 70-33 in the game, West Virginia tied or broke eight separate team and individual bowl game records, while the combined 69 points West Virginia and Clemson scored in the first half set another new record.[3]

Four other Big East teams went to bowl games in 2011, finishing bowl play with a record of 3–2 as a conference. Louisville 10-3 (7-6) lost to NC State in the Belk Bowl. Rutgers (9–4) beat Iowa State 27-17 in New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Cincinnati (10–3) defeated Vanderbilt in the Autozone Liberty Bowl, and Pittsburgh lost to SMU 28-6 in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The three teams not to go to a bowl game were Connecticut (5–7), South Florida (5–7), and Syracuse (5–7).

PreseasonEdit

Coaching changes Edit

Two teams have new head coaches for the 2012 season. Paul Chryst replaces Todd Graham at Pittsburgh, Kyle Flood replaces Greg Schiano at Rutgers.

Preseason Poll[4] Edit

The 2012 Big East Preseason Poll was announced at the Big East Media Day in Newport, RI on July 31, 2012

  1. Louisville – 219 (24 first place votes)
  2. South Florida – 176 (4)
  3. Rutgers – 155
  4. Cincinnati – 139
  5. Pittsburgh – 131
  6. Connecticut – 77
  7. Syracuse – 70
  8. Temple – 41

Regular season Edit

Index to colors and formatting
Big East member won
Big East member lost
Big East teams in bold

All times Eastern time.

Rankings reflect that of the AP poll for that week until week eight when the BCS rankings will be used.

Week 1 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 PM UMass Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT SNY UCONN
37-0
35,270
August 31 7:00 PM Villanova Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN3 TEMP
31-10
32,709
September 1 12:00 PM Northwestern Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN2 NW
42-41
37-830
September 1 6:00 PM Youngstown State Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN3 YSU
31-17
40,837
September 1 7:00 PM Chattanooga South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN3 USF
34-13
41,285
September 1 8:00 PM Rutgers Tulane Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA CBSSN RU
24-12
26,059
September 2 3:30 PM Kentucky #25 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPN UL
32-14
55,386

Week off: Cincinnati

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Ryan Nassib Syracuse Yawin Smallwood Connecticut Brandon McManus Temple
Reference:[5]

Week 2 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 8:00pm Pittsburgh Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPN CIN
34–10
33,562
September 8 12:00 PM Maryland Temple Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA ESPNU
September 8 12:00 PM NC State Connecticut Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT Big East Network
September 8 3:30pm South Florida Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV CBSSN
September 8 3:30pm USC Syracuse MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ ABC/ESPN2
September 8 3:30 PM Missouri State Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY WHAS-TV
September 8 3:30 PM Howard Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ SNY

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Reference:

Week 3 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 7:30 PM Rutgers South Florida Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL ESPN
September 15 12:00 PM Virginia Tech Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
September 15 12:30 PM Connecticut Maryland Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ACC Network
September 15 3:30 PM North Carolina Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ABC/ESPN2
September 15 4:00 PM Stony Brook Syracuse Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY TWCS/SNY
September 15 7:00 PM Delaware State Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN3

Week off: Temple

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 4 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 22 TBA Rutgers Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR TBA
September 22 TBA Temple Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA TBA
September 22 2:00 PM Connecticut Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN3
September 22 3:30 PM Gardner–Webb Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN3
September 22 4:30 PM South Florida Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN3
September 22 7:00 PM Louisville FIU FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPNU or ESPN3
September 22 8:00 PM Syracuse Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN

Week off: Cincinnati

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 5 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 TBA Florida State South Florida Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
September 29 TBA Virginia Tech Cincinnati FedEx FieldLandover, MD TBA
September 29 12:00 PM Buffalo Connecticut Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT Big East Network
September 29 8:00 PM Louisville Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBSSN

Week off: Pittsburgh, Temple, Rutgers, Syracuse

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 6 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 5 7:00pm Pittsburgh Syracuse Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY ESPN
October 6 TBA Connecticut Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ TBA
October 6 TBA South Florida Temple Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA TBA
October 6 7:00 PM Miami (OH) Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH FS OHIO

Week off: Louisville

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 7 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 13 TBA Louisville Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA TBA
October 13 TBA Syracuse Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ TBA
October 13 TBA Temple Connecticut Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT TBA
October 13 7:00 PM Fordham Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN3

Week off: South Florida

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 8 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 19 8:00pm Connecticut Syracuse Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY ESPN
October 20 TBA Cincinnati Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPNU or ESPN3
October 20 TBA Rutgers Temple Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA TBA
October 20 TBA South Florida Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY TBA
October 20 3:30 PM Pittsburgh Buffalo UB StadiumAmherst, NY Big East Network/ESPN Plus

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 9 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 26 8:00pm Cincinnati Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN2
October 27 TBA Syracuse South Florida Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL TBA
October 27 TBA Temple Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA TBA
October 27 3:30 PM Kent State Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ SNY

Week off: Connecticut

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 10 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 3 TBA Connecticut South Florida Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL TBA
November 3 TBA Syracuse Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH TBA
November 3 TBA Temple Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY TBA
November 3 3:30pm Pittsburgh Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC

Week off: Rutgers

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 11 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 9 8:00pm Pittsburgh Connecticut Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN2
November 10 TBA Cincinnati Temple Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA TBA
November 10 TBA Louisville Syracuse Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY TBA
November 10 TBA Army Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ

Week off: South Florida

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 12 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 17 12:00 PM Rutgers Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH Big East Network
November 17 TBA South Florida Miami Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL TBA
November 17 TBA Syracuse Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO TBA
November 17 12:00 PM Temple Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBSSN

Week off: Louisville, Pittsburgh

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 13 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 23 TBA South Florida Cincinnati Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
November 23 TBA Syracuse Temple Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
November 24 TBA Rutgers Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA TBA
November 24 TBA Connecticut Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY TBA

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Week 14 Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 29 7:30pm Louisville Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN
December 1 TBA Cincinnati Connecticut Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
December 1 TBA Pittsburgh South Florida Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Week off: Temple, Syracuse

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
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Bowl Games Edit

RankingsEdit

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Final
Cincinnati AP RV RV
C RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Connecticut AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Louisville AP 25 23
C RV 24
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Pittsburgh AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Rutgers AP
C RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
South Florida AP RV RV
C RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Syracuse AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Temple AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  No change in ranking from previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll

Records against other conferencesEdit

Conference Wins Losses
ACC 0 0
Big 12 0 0
Big Ten 0 1
CUSA 1 0
Independents 0 0
MAC 1 0
Mountain West 0 0
Pac-12 0 0
SEC 0 0
Sun Belt 0 0
WAC 0 0
All FCS 2 1
Against BCS 0 1
Against FBS 2 1
Overall 4 2

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