THE BIG EAST had a relatively big week in football.
It's the first time I've been able to write that since, well, Tiger Woods was espoused.
The uprising wasn't as earth shattering as, say, Maryland's new helmets. (Did Jim Morrison design those?) The league only has two teams ranked in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Southeastern Conference and Pac 12 have six, while the Big Ten has five.
But, hey, it's a start. Big East teams won all of their games over the long weekend and posted one impressive victory - South Florida's 23-20 decision over Notre Dame at South Bend.
The deal with the Big East is this: Conference teams must, especially with their collectively weak reputation, capitalize on non-conference opportunities.
Please understand league teams didn't fall flat last season because of "stupid" losses. There were actually only a couple. (Some conference wins over lesser programs weren't always pretty, but ...)
The reason the Big East was panned last season was because it didn't take advantage of opportunities against quality programs.
Here's a brief recap:
Today, though, as predicted by WVU athletic director Oliver Luck by the way, a crack of sunshine has appeared. WVU is ranked No. 19 and South Florida is ranked No. 22.