Although West Virginia lost to Syracuse, the Mountaineers remained the only Big East team ranked in the BCS standings released Sunday night.
West Virginia (5-2) is at No. 25 -- with a No. 23 ranking in the Harris poll, No. 24 ranking in the coaches' poll and a computer average of 30. Each of those components count one-third in the calculations for the standings.
Cincinnati (6-1) debuted at No. 24 in the AP poll, No. 24 in the Harris poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll this week. But the Bearcats are not in the BCS Top 25, presumably because their computer average is not good enough.
The Bearcats will have plenty of opportunities to jump into the BCS standings should they keep winning. They are the only Big East team that is undefeated in league play. If they win out, they will earn the BCS bowl bid. They are the only Big East team that controls its own destiny.
Every other automatic qualifying conference has at least one team ranked ahead of West Virginia. Two non-AQ teams, Boise State (4) and Houston (17), also are ranked higher than the Mountaineers. It is no coincidence that those two schools are on the Big East expansion wish list.