UConn, which began playing Big East football in 2004 after moving up from the Championship Subdivision, lost to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season.
Both schools also can boast of strong basketball pedigrees — and either one would add some extra juice to what's already one of the nation's premier conferences for that sport.
Louisville has won two national titles and reached its ninth Final Four last season, and coach Rick Pitino has the current Cardinals ranked No. 5 in this week's poll. UConn claimed the most recent of its three NCAA tournament titles under former coach Jim Calhoun in 2011.