Pitt fans don't travel all that well (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
This week's Big East Confab question dealt with traveling attendance for road teams at Big East football games. It's pretty clear, at least to me, that West Virginia topped this category. Not only at games at Heinz Field, but in bowl games. I was even at a West Virginia-Temple game back in the original days of the Owls being in the Big East when Mountaineers fans went in droves to Philly.
With them out of the league, though, the answer's not so simple.In a nutshell, I have no clue who it is anymore - here was my answer:
Man, maybe I'm just oblivious, but I've really got no idea. West Virginia was clear and away the best before, but with them out of the conference, I'm not sure. About the only gauge I have is road teams coming into Heinz Field and of the Big East members, I'd probably go with either Cincinnati or Louisville since I've seen a decent amount of fans from those teams in town.
As much as I'd like to say Pitt's in the running, they're not. Pitt fans don't travel well and I'd throw myself in that mix. I don't go to road games and it's clear I'm not the only one. Not that I wouldn't if the right situation arose, but so far, it hasn't. The only team within a reasonable driving distance was West Virginia, but I'm always out of town over Thanksgiving weekend when the game is played.
And as far as bowl games go, Pitt hasn't pulled its weight in recent years. In 2011, fans failed to show up for the BBVA Compass Bowl, and that was again the case this past year. If the Panthers reached the BCS again, attendance would obviously be much better, but they haven't and fan interest has waned.
I wasn't the only one who struggled with the question. Head over to Big East Coast Bias to see the other answers from various blogs.