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Posted by Editor on February 10, 2010

ESPN Announces 2010 Weekday and Championship Saturday BIG EAST College Football Telecasts

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ESPN announced 14 of its BIG EAST Conference college football selections for the 2010 season, including four Thursday night and three Championship Saturday telecasts, two games on the Friday after Thanksgiving, four Friday night matchups and a Wednesday prime-time contest. Additional games will be announced in the coming months. Highlights:

  • The early selections include four telecasts featuring defending BIG EAST champion Cincinnati, coming off an undefeated regular season, highlighted by a matchup against Pittsburgh on Championship Saturday, Dec. 4. Cincinnati won last year’s matchup against Pitt 45-44 – the final regular-season game for both programs — to secure the conference title. Cincinnati is ranked No. 14 and Pittsburgh No. 15 in an early preseason poll for 2010.
  • ESPN’s popular Thursday night ESPN College Football Primetime series will feature four telecasts involving BIG EAST teams, all at 7:30 p.m. ET, highlighted by: Miami
    • Pittsburgh against former BIG EAST foe Miami on Sept. 23, marking the first time the teams have played since 2003. Miami is No. 17 in the early preseason poll.
    • USF, led by new head coach Skip Holtz, at West Virginia on Oct. 14.
  • Two BIG EAST games will be featured the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, including West Virginia at Pittsburgh in the 103rd Backyard Brawl. West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh 19-16 in last year’s game.
  • ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise four Friday BIG EAST showdowns in prime time, including two each for Cincinnati (at Louisville Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. on ESPN and against USF on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2) and Connecticut (at Rutgers Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and against West Virginia Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2).

 2010 BIG EAST Schedule as of Feb. 10 (additional selections will be announced):

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Sep 167:30 p.m.Cincinnati at NC State *ESPN
Thu, Sep 237:30 p.m.Miami at Pittsburgh *ESPN
Fri, Oct 97:30 p.m.Connecticut at RutgersESPN
Thu, Oct 147:30 p.m.South Florida at West VirginiaESPN
Fri, Oct 158 p.m.No. 14 Cincinnati at Louisville ESPN
Fri, Oct 228 p.m.South Florida at No. 14 CincinnatiESPN2
Fri, Oct 298 p.m.West Virginia at Connecticut ESPN2
Wed, Nov 37 p.m.Rutgers at South FloridaESPN2
Thu, Nov 117:30 p.m.No. 15 Pittsburgh at ConnecticutESPN
Fri, Nov 26TBDWest Virginia at No. 15 PittsburghABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDLouisville at RutgersABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Dec 4TBDNo. 15 Pittsburgh at No. 14 CincinnatiABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDConnecticut at South FloridaABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDRutgers at West VirginiaABC, ESPN or ESPN2

* Previously announced