|School||Miles Traveled||Miles/Road Game||Longest Trip|
|Boise State||5801||1450.25||2114 (Temple)|
|Houston||5095||1273.75||1494 (Boise State)|
- It's no surprise that the top three are made up of conference newcomers. San Diego State, Boise State, and Houston, all rack up more than 5,000 miles in the air. Not surprisingly, the team based in San Diego has the longest trip in the conference called the Big East, traveling 2,500 miles to play UConn in Storrs. In fact, the Aztecs' shortest trip is 1,303 miles to face Houston, which itself is further than UCF, USF, and SMU's longest trips.
- On the other hand, newcomer SMU covers the smallest distance, at "only" 2,787 miles. For reference, that's still greater than the distance (one way) between SMU's home city of Dallas and Whitehorse, in the Yukon.
|School||Miles Traveled||Miles/Home Game||Longest Trip|
|Boise State||6779||1694.75||2146 (Rutgers)|
Once again, the teams from out west require the most travel: road games against Boise State, San Diego State, and SMU require the most time in the air. Interesting to note that Houston, near the top of the conference in terms of miles traveled, is last in the conference in opponent miles traveled: while the Cougars fly more than 10,000 miles to get to and from their road games, opponents need to travel just 5,600 to get to and from Houston.
I read an article about the challenges the NBA scheduler faced re-arranging the league schedule after last year's lockout. I remember thinking, "That sounds like a cool job."
Big East football scheduling? Not so much for some reason. Given the constraints of geography, it seems like someone will always end up getting screwed over. Don't get me wrong: I'm sure this is as close as possible to optimal, but that's what comes from an "eastern" conference spread across three time zones. Lots of travel means larger budgets, extra time away students spend out of class, bigger carbon footprints, you name it. And all so the Big East can drop down to "mid-major" designation in 2014. Yup, very rewarding.