A look around the Big East

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

Updated: December 6, 2004, 4:59 PM ET
By Joe Bendel | Special to
Boston College failed to leave the conference on a glorious note? Are the Huskies poised to emerge as a major program? How do the Owls recover from another disappointing season? Our Big East notebook addresses these questions and more.

Boston College
In their biggest Big East game ever, the Eagles (8-3, 4-2) laid an egg. But don't think for a minute that anybody around the league is feeling sorry for a BC program that's packing its bags and moving to the hated Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Big East was none too happy with BC's decision to depart, which is why nobody shed a tear when Syracuse invaded Alumni Stadium in the regular-season finale and ripped the league's BCS berth right from BC's arms in a 43-17 pummeling. The Eagles had all but made reservations to the Fiesta or Sugar Bowls, but that crippling, 26-point loss catapulted them out of BCS contention and into the Continental Tire Bowl to face North Carolina (Dec. 30).