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Connecticut makes it three-team race

Syracuse will be going bowling for the first time since 2004. And the Orange will have to be satisfied with that, because they're almost certainly not going to win the Big East title.

Connecticut, though, just might. The Huskies went into the Carrier Dome and ran over the Orange 23-6 on Saturday night.

So here's the deal. UConn and West Virginia are the only two-loss teams left, one game behind Pitt. West Virginia and Pitt play next week, and Connecticut owns the head-to-head tiebreakers against both the Mountaineers and Panthers. If the Huskies win out, and Pitt loses a game, they'll be going to the BCS as the Big East representative.

Hard to believe that after UConn's 0-2 start, but Randy Edsall did a great job getting this team turned around. They weren't overwhelming offensively Saturday, but the defense shut down Syracuse and created two big turnovers that led to points. As always, the running game led the way, as Jordan Todman ran for 126 yards.

It was UConn's first road victory of the year. The Orange went winless in the Big East at home this season yet were 4-0 on the road in conference play. So odd. They just looked sluggish offensively in all three home league games, and their offensive line was overpowered by UConn's front four in this one.

It's still possible that total chaos strikes and there's a giant jumble of three-loss teams in the Big East. But it looks far more likely that we're down to a three-team race now.

UConn, which qualified for a bowl game with the win, is right in the thick of things.