The countdown to college football season usually drags on during the summer months, but never fear. That is why your loyal blogger is here.
The Big East office is here, too. The league has come out with its summer preview, complete with nuggets of information for you to use as a way to impress your friends. Here are some of the best from Chuck Sullivan, in charge of tooting the Big East horn in this preview guide.
Where shall we begin? How about ...
Big East teams have gone 7-7 all time in BCS games since its formation in 1999. That makes the Big East one of five conferences with at least a .500 record in BCS games. The others: the Mountain West, SEC, WAC and Pac-12. The numbers hold up with the future configuration of the league -- Louisville, Cincinnati, UConn and Boise State are 3-3 in their BCS appearances. As for the ACC, which everybody believes is sooo much better, it's worth repeating the all-time BCS record is ... 2-13.
In the BCS era, the Big East has the best overall bowl record of any FBS conference. The Big East is 43-27 (.614) in bowl games since the 1998-99 season.
All eight of the Big East’s 2012 members have played in at least one bowl game in the past two years. The Big East is the only league in the nation in which every member has reached the postseason in the past two seasons.
Since 2006, the Big East has had two teams (Louisville, Cincinnati) finish the season with at least 12 wins. In the 2013 season, the Big East will include teams that have produced eight 12-win seasons since 2006 (five by Boise State, one each by Cincinnati, Louisville and Houston).
Now a few team notes:
In 2011, Temple ranked third nationally in scoring defense, (13.9 ppg) behind only Alabama and LSU, which played for the national championship.
Offensive line a strength at Louisville? Center Mario Benevides (34 career starts) leads a veteran offensive line that has two players who started all 13 games last season (tackle Alex Kupper and guard Jake Smith).
More on Louisville: The Cardinals allowed 7 yards on punt returns in 2011.
UConn running back Lyle McCombs became just the 10th Big East freshman to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season (1,151) last year. But as ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel points out, McCombs was one of only two freshmen to rush for 1,000 yards in 2011 -- the fewest first-year players to hit that mark since 2000.