My lack of love for Big East football is pretty well documented as much as it has been ignored, but the thought of TCU playing a schedule against this conference got me thinking. In a word - the Big East is an overrated pack of basketball schools that was handed a BCS bid because it knows the right people. Maybe that was more than one word.
How would TCU football fair against The Big East?
By matchup ...
TCU vs. Syracuse. Have no idea why the Orange are so bad for so long, but this would clearly favor TCU. Maybe Jim Brown could suit up against for Syracuse and they could play TCU in the Cotton Bowl again. Brown is probably in good enough shape to do it.
TCU vs. West Virginia. If Rich Rodriguez was coaching in Morgantown, I would say this is a toss-up. But Bill Stewart doesn't exactly strike fear into opponents the way R-Rod did.
TCU vs. Rutgers. All depends on the year. Coach Greg Schiano has made something out of nothing, but this a rebuild, not reload, team.
TCU vs. South Florida. If the Bulls ever get their junk together they can be a serious threat; there is talent a plenty in state to recruit from.
TCU vs. Connecticut. This is a basketball school, and although it has poured money into football establishing itself as a legit football power remains elusive.
TCU vs. Louisville. Since Bobby Petrino left, the program has slumped badly.
TCU vs. Pittsburgh. Coach Dave Mustasche gets players, and then promptly does nothing. Have no idea how this program is not the class of the conference every season.
TCU vs. Cincinnati. The Bearcats have become a program that can be a threat every few years.
It is safe to conclude that should TCU actually go to The Big East, which is probably still a reach, it would almost immediately be at or near the top of the conference in football. There will be a feeling out process, much like there was for the previous conference transitions.
The program that would immediately take a hit would be men's basketball. The Big East is a men's basketball power, and although TCU coach Jim Christian is making strides in improving his roster and should be competitive this season, a move to the Big East would take another new round of highly-ranked recruits.
But this is a football world, and football gets what football wants.
- Mac Engel
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