If Big East fans thought that the conference's record against the non-AQ conferences was bad in 2010, then they might want to look away from this. The record against the AQ conferences was even worse. In 15 non-conference games against other AQ conference teams, the Big East went just 3-12. The league's best non-conference win over an AQ team was West Virginia's early season win over Maryland. This season, things should improve as some of the league's standing non-conference games appear to be shifting back in the favor of the Big East team and many of last year's tough road games are now home games. If Big East teams have any luck at all, they could score some impressive wins that would go a long way towards restoring some credibility to the football side of the conference.
- ACC (6) - Cincinnati vs. N.C. State, Louisville at North Carolina, Rutgers at North Carolina, South Florida vs. Miami, West Virginia at Maryland, Syracuse vs. Wake Forest.
- Big XII (1) - Connecticut vs. Iowa State
- Big Ten (1) - Pittsburgh at Iowa
- PAC 12 (1) - Syracuse at USC
- SEC (4) - Cincinnati at Tennessee, Connecticut at Vanderbilt, Louisville at Kentucky, West Virginia vs. LSU
- Notre Dame (2) - South Florida at Notre Dame, Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame
Realistically - I have no doubt that the Big East's teams will fare better against the other AQ conference teams than they did in 2010. How much better remains to be seen. You have to think that even if the bottom falls out for teams like UConn or Rutgers, that some of the improved teams will notch a win or two to give the conference some credibility. Realistically, the Big East should go 9-7 against the other AQ conferences in 2011.