For the second week in a row, both national college football polls - the Associated Press poll of sports writers and the USA Today/Coaches Poll - failed to include a single member of the Big East Conference among the top 25.
West Virginia University again leads the way with a No. 26 spot in the AP poll with 83 points and could break back into the Top 25 with an impressive win over a defensively-challenged UNLV squad at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Mountaineers are also the league's highest vote-getter in the coaches' poll, amassing 40 points, thanks to a 3-1 start.
With a slate of weekend games that includes Louisville playing host to Memphis, Pitt traveling to Notre Dame and Cincinnati entertaining Miami (Ohio), it doesn't appear as if the conference will receive that 'signature' victory that will signal to voters around the country that the Big East should be a player in the Bowl Championship Series rather than a spectator.
At this stage in the season, the best the conference can hope for is for one of its eight members to run the table in league play and snag an invitation to the Orange Bowl and a matchup with the Atlantic Coast Conference's champion.
It is very hard to believe that even an unbeaten run through the Big East would be enough to push the league champion into the Top 10 and earn a bowl showdown with one of the 'major' conferences in the country the Big Ten, Pac-10, SEC or Big 12.
Too many losses in nationally televised contests have, in all likelihood, doomed the Big East to become the redheaded stepchild of the BCS.
It's likely one of the four major bowls will have to 'settle' for a matchup of two teams that won't be highly ranked, but should be able to draw a big crowd and be entertaining enough to draw a decent television rating.
Fans loudly criticized the selection committee for the Gator Bowl when it elected to bring a 6-6 Florida State team to Jacksonville to take on a ranked WVU squad instead of inviting one of the remaining Top 25 programs that did not receive invitations.
Someone on that committee understood, however, that bowls are about generating viewer-friendly matchups and a contest pitting a ranked Mountaineer squad taking on one of its former coaches who would be coaching in his last game proved to be 'made-for-television-drama.'
It's not sure that the remainder of the Big East's postseason party invitations will be as easily filled, however.
With the league's propensity for beating up each other during conference play over the past several years, it seems doubtful that it will have enough bowl-eligible programs to fill the requests of the Champs Sports, Meineke Car Care, New Era Pinstripe, Birmingham, AutoZone Liberty and Beef 'O' Brady's bowls.
At this point, all the Big East can do is play the season out and see how many of its teams end up bowl elgible and hope that one of its team is worthy of a BCS selection.
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