2012 college football bowl projections: Three Big East teams poised for the postseason

Andy Lyons

Incredibly, only three Big East teams are projected to go to the postseason in the latest college football bowl projections. Cincinnati, Louisville and Rutgers are in, while locally, Temple and Pittsburgh are now.

Despite having five teams with at least four wins, only three Big East teams are listed in the latest SB Nation college football bowl projections.

Of those teams, Louisville appears to be the strongest bet to represent the Big East well, as according to the projections, the Cardinals would play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Louisville currents sits at 8-0 overall and 3-0 in league play, but must still visit Rutgers late in the season in a game which could decide the league championship. The Scarlet Knights are also undefeated in Big East play at 4-0 in conference.

Speaking of Rutgers, after Saturday's disappointing loss to Kent State (which doesn't count toward the Big East standings), the Scarlet Knights are now projected to play Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl. In addition, Cincinnati which lost at Louisville in overtime Friday night, is expected to take on N.C. State in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Of concern to local fans has to be the absence of two Pennsylvania teams from the projections.

Pittsburgh is 4-4 overall with wins in their last two games, but aren't expected to go to the postseason. It's the same with Temple, which is 3-4, with just four games left.

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