DePaul has finished last in the Big East each of the past four seasons, compiling a 5-67 in conference play, but a 31-23 record in non-conference games.
However, the Blue Demons may not have to deal with the UConns, Syracuses and Louisvilles of the world multiple times a year anymore.
A report out of the Big East mentions seven teams non-football schools are debating leaving the conference, including Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and, of course, DePaul.
The reason for this comes back to money, like everything else in the world.
The Big East's new TV deal is not as rich as it was once believed to be, meaning the non-football schools will be making a whole lot less than they were originally supposed to, before Louisville, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving the conference.
Nobody knows where the seven schools would go from here, but one option is potentially starting a basketball-only conference for teams without FBS-level football programs, inviting teams like Butler, VCU, Saint Louis, Dayton, Creighton, George Mason and Xavier.
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The short week has Las Vegas oddsmakers less optimistic about the Bears as they head to Detroit to take on the Lions.
Even after an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, Chicago still opened as only three-point favorites for their Thanksgiving matchup, according to Vegas Insider.
This comes only two weeks after the Bears were favored by nearly a touchdown over the Lions back on Nov. 11.
Playing on the road instead of at Soldier Field may be a factor in the betting line, but the tighter spread is still surprising considering Chicago’s last few results.
Perhaps even more surprising is that the number hasn’t moved even with the unknowns surrounding Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder injury.
Either Las Vegas doesn’t think he’s going to miss the game, or they don’t think there will be much of a dropoff with backup Chase Daniel in his place.
The over/under of 44 points is also a little bit on the low side compared to other lines in Week 12, especially since these two teams combined for 56 points just two weeks ago.
The short week of preparation will have both teams scrambling, likely with neither at their best, so maybe the matchup does have potential to be a little more close with a little less scoring.
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