All season long, the Big East Conference was called one of the weakest leagues in the nation.
However, the 2010-'11 postseason is helping the league earn back credibility.
On Saturday night, the Connecticut Huskies, the league's co-champions, plays the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ (8:30 on ESPN).
A UConn victory would give the Big East it's fourth of the 2010-'11 bowl season and clinch, at least, a winning record for the league during the postseason -- the Pittsburgh Panthers play the Kentucky Wildcats in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8. The Louisville Cardinals, Syracuse Orange and South Florida Bulls each collected postseason wins.
The Huskies (8-4) earned its first-ever BCS bowl berth by winning its last five games of the regular season and winning all head-to-head tiebreakers.
Under head coach Randy Edsall, the 2010 Big East Coach Of The Year, UConn has played in four bowl games in the past seven seasons.
Oklahoma (11-2) is making its fifth Fiesta Bowl appearance.