Originally Posted by WVPacman
If you remember a few years back when WVU beat Georgia then Oklahoma in bcs bowls WVU or the Big East still never got any respect from anybody on tv so I don't see it changing this year.
Very true. Aside from the title game, bowl games have turned into nothing more than glorified exhibitions. Some teams are happy just to be there, some are just going thru the motions at the end of a dissapointing season, or perhaps the elevation/termination of their current coaching staff, and some treat their bowl game as if they were playing for the national title. But no matter how the teams involved prepare for the game, unless you're a fan of the particular teams involved, you have little invested, so no matter the outcome, your preception of the teams involved rarely changes.
TCU & Boise have been able to garner a level of respect the last few years, but they still fight an uphill battle. It takes teams decades of constitant winning to become ingrained in the college football landscape. Unfortunetly for the Big East, there is nobody that defines what OSU, Florida, Texas, Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, etc... have come to represent on the football field. WVU is the closest, but now they're departed for "greener" pastures.
No matter what WVU does, the Big East is in a no win situation in terms of gaining any measure of respect by winning their BCS game. Lose, and some will say the conference is what everyone thought it was, win and its a decent win for a team suing to get its way out as quick as possible.