Half of the Big East technically won the conference, but only Louisville will represent the conference in a BCS game after beating Rutgers 20-17 in a de facto conference championship game Thursday night.
The ending of the Big East season worked out perfectly for a chaotic situation where as many teams as possible ended up at 5-2: Rutgers lost their final two games, Louisville lost a major upset to UConn, while Syracuse won their final three games and Cincinnati won their final two. So in the last season of the Big East as we've known it, four teams ended up with the best record in the conference, including two that will be leaving over the next few seasons. Syracuse won in their last year before bolting for the ACC despite a record of only 7-5.
Louisville earns the bid in the Sugar Bowl on account of having the best record in the game amongst the four teams after Teddy Bridgewater's one-legged performance in the win over Rutgers.
Here's a look at the full conference standings: