Big East power rankings

October, 31, 2011
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Taking a look at who stands where headed into Week 10 in the Big East:

1. Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0). The Bearcats were off but still control their own destiny as they head to play Pitt on Saturday. We'll see how this defensive front is able to attack the Panthers, who are reeling with the loss of Ray Graham and yet another starter on the offensive line.

2. West Virginia (6-2, 2-1). The only Big East team in the BCS standings, the Mountaineers needed a huge second-half comeback to beat Rutgers. There are still some lingering concerns with the defense, but they will win the Big East if they win out.

3. Louisville (4-4, 2-1). Look who is moving on up the charts. Back-to-back wins over Rutgers and Syracuse have losses to FIU and Marshall in the rear-view. This is the best defense in the Big East right now, and we are seeing a young team really mature. Huge test Saturday at West Virginia.

4. Rutgers (5-3, 2-2). The Scarlet Knights have lost two straight, but they do own the head-to-head win over Syracuse, so that nudges them ahead of the Orange.

5. Syracuse (5-3, 1-2). I gave Syracuse major props in the power rankings last week for beating West Virginia, and now I give it a major drop for failing to build on the momentum in a loss to Louisville. There was nothing good about its loss to the Cardinals. This is a team that has got to find some consistency.

6. Pitt (4-4, 2-1). The Panthers had a huge win over UConn last week, but who doesn't have a huge win over UConn? Oh. Right. We'll get to them in a minute.

7. USF (4-3, 0-3). It must have been an incredible feat for this team to lose to the Huskies, who mustered very little in a loss at Pitt. The Bulls nudge ahead only because UConn looked so bad in a loss to the Panthers.

8. UConn (3-5, 1-2). This is a team that cannot stop the pass and did not do a good enough job taking advantage of a weak Pitt offensive line. Plus, Johnny McEntee has been all over the place as the starting quarterback, and the offensive line has fallen apart.

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