A look around the Big East

Take a team-by-team look at the Big East.

Originally Published: November 9, 2004
By Joe Bendel | Special to
Is Walt Harris in trouble at Pittsburgh? Is UConn starstruck by its first year in the Big East? Is it deja vu all over again for Rutgers? Our Big East notebook addresses these questions and more.

Boston College
The Eagles (6-2, 2-1) must get better in a hurry if they hope to compete with WVU (8-1, 4-0) on Saturday (ABC, noon ET) at Mountaineer Field. They struggled in defeating Rutgers, 21-10, last week at Alumni Stadium, where they turned the ball over four times, committed eight penalties and finished 2 of 14 on third-down conversions. "It's hard to tell what we are and who we are right now," said coach Tom O'Brien, whose team overcame a 10-7 second-half deficit to become bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive year. "Either we're the ugliest team that's really good or we're a team still struggling to find out what we are on offense."

The Eagles typically find the going tough at WVU, where they are 0-5-1 in Big East play and 2-8-1 at new Mountaineer Field. Even Doug Flutie couldn't beat the 'Eers on the road, as he went 0-2 in Morgantown. Is it a curse? Not at all, says O'Brien. He believes WVU has been better than the Eagles most years. "Each year is different, each team is different. And generally the team that is prepared and is the better football team is going to win." The team that wins Saturday could end up with the Big East title. The Mountaineers would secure the league title and a BCS berth with a victory, while BC would need wins at Temple and at home against Syracuse.