Syracuse Orange are Co-Big East Football Champions thanks to Louisville


he Syracuse Orange Football Team earned themselves the title of Co-Big East Champions on Thursday night, and they didn't even have to lift a finger. The Louisville Cardinals came from behind to beat Rutgers 20-17 in the final Big East game of the season, allowing the Cardinals, Rutgers and Syracuse to finish with a 5-2 Big East record, and a three-way share of the Conference title.

With the win the Cardinals have almost certainly earned themselves a BCS game because they should have the highest final BSC ranking between the three teams. Rutgers, of course, could have won the conference outright with a victory, but lost the final two games of the season to miss their opportunity at the BCS game.


From the Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Banged-up Teddy Bridgewater came off the bench to throw two-second half touchdown passes, and John Wallace kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:41 left to send Louisville to the BCS with a 20-17 victory against Rutgers on Thursday night.

In a game between one team headed to the Big Ten and another bound for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East handed out its second-to-last bid to a school that entered the league during its last massive rebuild in 2005 and watched its athletic program blossom.

The Cardinals will be going to the BCS for the second time, first since 2006.

Louisville (10-2, 5-2) will share this Big East title with Rutgers (9-3, 5-2), Syracuse and possibly even Cincinnati, but the BCS bid will be all theirs. The BCS standings will be used to break the tie and there is no doubt Louisville, with the best overall record in the conference, will be on top.