Pitt has a big road contest coming up against Cincinnati early this season (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
This week's Big East Confab question was about schedules - particularly, what is conference's most pivotal game of the year.My vote narrowly went to Rutgers vs. Louisville. Not only are those the two premier favorites in the conference, but it's also each team's last game of the season:
I keep hearing about how Louisville and Rutgers are the frontrunners in this conference, but I think those picks are crap shoots, to be honest. Problem is that I don't have any strong feeling about any other teams stepping up, either. I think South Florida and Pitt could be right there and to me, all four can contend for the title. But with Louisville and Rutgers squaring off in their final game of the season, hard to think that one won't be a key game.
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While it's not the game of the year in my opinion, the one that keeps sticking out to me on Pitt's schedule is the conference opener on the road against Cincinnati. The Bearcats should be a bit down from last season, but it's an early game for both teams and that in itself makes it a bit scary. Pitt needs to get off to a good start in the Paul Chryst era if they have any hopes of winning the conference this year.