Over the last five years in BCS out of conference games including Utah and Notre Dame (non-bowl games), the Big East is 36-40 (47 percent) compared to SEC which is nine percentage points better at 40-32 (56 percent). Even if you subtracted each conferences worst team versus out of conference BCS teams, the SEC is still much better. The Big East OOC BCS record without Syracuse is 34-32 (52 percent) which is still 10 percentage points less than the SEC’s 39-24 (62 percent) without Vanderbilt.
On the other hand, the Big East and SEC are very close in percentage points in bowl games over the last five years with the SEC’s record at 31-15 (67 percent) and Big East at 19-9 (68 percent). Despite the bowl wins, they lack consistent dominate teams nationally and in conference. Louisville and Cincinnati had winning streaks, but coaching changes led to a downward winning trend. West Virginia is the only Big East team projected this season to be in the preseason AP top 25.
TCU’s addition in 2012 will definitely help the Big Yeast ferment. Over the last five seasons, TCU is 4-1 in bowl games and 9-2 in OOC BCS games (Utah not included due to being an in conference game). That would bring the Big East OOC BCS record to 45-42 (52 percent) and bowl record to 23-10 (70 percent) over the last five seasons. TCU also finished second last season in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll.
However until the Horned Frogs arrive, they are still the Big Yeast conference for another season. Fine wine takes time.
Link to "TCU to join Big East Conference" on ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/ncf/news/story?id=5862368