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Big East race update: Week 13

11/22/2010

We're down to three contenders for the Big East title. Most likely.

If Connecticut and Pitt each loses its last two games, and if West Virginia beats Pitt but loses to Rutgers in the finale, then all of a sudden there's a logjam again among three-loss teams. But even in a season as unpredictable as this one, that seems far-fetched.

So let's instead focus on the three top teams and look at the scenarios each need to claim the league's BCS bid:

Pittsburgh (4-1)

Remaining games: vs. West Virginia (Friday); at Cincinnati (Dec. 4)

If Pitt beats West Virginia and Cincinnati, nothing else matters. The Panthers would have their first-ever outright Big East title. If they beat West Virginia this week and Connecticut loses to either Cincinnati or South Florida, then Pitt's regular-season finale at Cincinnati becomes meaningless.

Connecticut (3-2)

Remaining games: vs. Cincinnati (Saturday); at South Florida (Dec. 4)

The Huskies need Pitt to lose a game to have a chance. If that happens, all they need to do is beat Cincinnati and South Florida and they will be the Big East champs. That's because they have beaten West Virginia and Pitt and can't lose any tiebreakers.

West Virginia (3-2)

Remaining games: at Pitt (Friday); vs. Rutgers (Dec. 4)

The Mountaineers must beat Pitt this week and Rutgers in the finale. Then they need Connecticut to lose one of their final two. Then they'd win the title by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers, or they'd win it outright if Pitt also lost the finale to Cincinnati.