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10 Non-Conference Games That Could Earn The Big East Some Respect

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Unlike the other five major football conferences, the Big East's most high-profile games occur in the out-of-conference schedule.

Ever since the departure of Miami and Virginia Tech, the Big East has lacked a true national powerhouse. West Virginia was the flagship school for the conference, but the Mountaineers have moved on to the Big 12.

In 2012, there are numerous match-ups in which Big East teams will be looking to earn some respect for the conference. Be sure to tune in.

Syracuse-USC
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: September 8th, 3:30 ET

UConn-NC State
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
When: September 8th, 12:00 ET

Louisville-North Carolina
Where: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
When: September 15th, 3:30 ET

Rutgers-Arkansas
Where: D.W.R. Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
When: September 22nd, TBA

Temple-Penn State
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
When: September 22nd, TBA

South Florida-Florida State
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
When: September 29th, TBA

Cincinnati-Virginia Tech
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
When: September 29th, TBA

Pittsburgh-Notre Dame
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
When: November 3rd, 3:30 ET

South Florida-Miami
Where: SunLife Stadium, Miami, FL
When: November 17th, TBA

Syracuse-Missouri
Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
When: November 17th, TBA