Monday, November 21, 2011

As clear as mud

I quote in full here the section of this week's Big East Conference football press release that examines the current tie-breaker system needed to determine the conference's champion.

Rutgers
• Would clinch share of title with win at Connecticut Saturday.
• Would clinch outright title with a win at Connecticut and a Louisville loss to USF, at least one loss by Cincinnati and a loss by the Pittsburgh/West Virginia winner.
• Can clinch share of title with a loss to Connecticut and a Louisville loss to USF, at least one loss by Cincinnati and a loss by the Pittsburgh/West Virginia winner.
• Holds tiebreaker advantages over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh; loses tiebreakers with Louisville and West Virginia

Louisville
• Would clinch share of title with win at USF Friday.
• Would clinch outright title with a win at USF and a Rutgers loss to Connecticut, at least one loss by Cincinnati and a loss by the Pittsburgh/West Virginia winner.
• Can clinch share of title with a loss to USF and a Rutgers loss to Connecticut, at least one loss by Cincinnati and a loss by the Pittsburgh/West Virginia winner.
• Holds tiebreaker advantages over Rutgers and West Virginia; loses tiebreakers with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

West Virginia
• Would clinch share of title with two wins (vs. Pittsburgh, at USF).
• Can clinch share of title with one loss and losses by Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
• Holds tiebreaker advantages over Cincinnati and Rutgers; loses tiebreaker with Louisville.

Cincinnati
• Would clinch share of title with two wins (at Syracuse, vs. Connecticut).
• Can clinch share of title with one loss and losses by Rutgers, Louisville and the West Virginia/Pittsburgh winner.
• Holds tiebreaker advantages over Louisville and Pittsburgh; loses tiebreakers with Rutgers and West Virginia.

Pittsburgh
• Would clinch share of title with two wins (at West Virginia, vs. Syracuse).
• Can clinch share of title with one loss and losses by Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia.
• Holds tiebreaker advantage over Louisville; loses tiebreakers with Cincinnati and Rutgers.

Connecticut
• Can clinch share of title with two wins (vs. Rutgers, at Cincinnati) a Louisville loss to USF and a loss by the Pittsburgh/West Virginia winner.

The bottom line -- what a mess. But sorting through it, one notices that as of now only Rutgers and Louisville can win the title outright.

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