Houston, UCF, SMU, San Diego State, and Boise State will be officially accepted into the Big East conference later this afternoon. With West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse all leaving the Big East to join different leagues, this will leave the Big East as a ten-team football conference. Prior to any changes in the original 8 team league, the Big East was the lowest in attendance among BCS leagues, by a landslide. Losing Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia and adding the other five teams will only make it much worse.
Average attendance of schools leaving the conference:
West Virginia – 53,325
Pittsburgh – 52,165
Syracuse – 40,064
Average attendance between the schools joining the conference:
Boise St. – 33,269
Houston – 31,728
San Diego St. – 34,143
Central Florida – 39,614
SMU – 23,515
The Big East will lose an average of over 16,000 in attendance with the recent changes to the league.