Orange lead Big East's weak BCS numbers

October, 31, 2010
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Who is the best team in the Big East? According to the latest BCS standings, it's Syracuse.

For the second week in a row, the league doesn't have a team in the Top 25 of the BCS standings. But I can tell you that Syracuse is 30th (and no Big East team is ahead of Hawaii, No. 28. Ugh.)

It's no surprise that the Orange are leading the Big East in the standings, since they are the only league team getting votes in the USA Today coaches poll (checking in at 28th). They are also 28th in the Harris Poll. The polls, of course, make up two-thirds of the formula.

Here is the obligatory criticism of poll voters for placing Syracuse above Pittsburgh. There's really no defense of that, even though the Orange are 6-2 and Pitt is 5-3. After all, the Panthers blasted Syracuse 45-14 in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 16, and they've yet to lose in Big East play. Plus, Pitt's nonconference schedule was infinitely more difficult than the Orange's.

Pitt and West Virginia are tied for 42nd in the BCS standings.

But once again, it must be noted that these BCS standings mean almost nothing for the Big East. They could come into play in a tiebreaker for the title if multiple teams are tied and the head-to-head records are not decisive. But for that to happen, Pitt must lose at least twice, and then there are so many possible scenarios that it makes my head hurt.

So let's just move on and allow Syracuse fans a rare chance to enjoy a rare moment when they can say they're the top-ranked BCS team in the Big East.

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