Football to Join BIG EAST's West Division in 2013

Nov. 13, 2012

CHICAGO - The San Diego State football team will play in the West Division in its first year of the BIG EAST in 2013, conference commissioner Mike Aresco announced today.

The Aztecs will play in the West Division with Boise State, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Temple. UCF (Central Florida), Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and USF (Southern Florida) will make up the East Division.

The BIG EAST championship game will be played between the East and West champions at the home field of one of the participating teams.

"This new alignment gives the Conference and its fans the best of both worlds - national exposure that is a result of the BIG EAST being in six of the top 10 U.S. media markets - with a schedule that focuses on spirited regional rivalries," Aresco said. "This unique combination of nationwide scope and regional flavor reflects our commitment to innovation in response to the changing landscape in college football, while honoring a tradition of success on the field and in the classroom."

The alignment will likely be revisited after the 2014 season, Aresco said, once Navy and possibly other schools join the conference.

With the new structure, SDSU will play eight conference games per season with five coming against the West Division and three against teams from the East Division. The home and away opponents for each school will be announced after the BIG EAST athletic directors' annual meeting in New York on Dec. 3.

San Diego State, which has won six consecutive games for the first time since 1995, is 8-3 this season and tied for first in the Mountain West with a 6-1 record. One of seven teams in the country who haven't had a bye yet, the Aztecs are off this weekend before traveling to Wyoming for their regular season finale on Nov. 24. A win against the Cowboys gives SDSU at least a share of a conference title for the first time since 1998.