Big East falls again in conference rankings

The Big East has now been jumped by two non-AQ conferences in the latest ESPN Stats & Info conference power rankings, and sits in eighth place.

Conference USA moved ahead of the Big East and into seventh place on the strength of two ranked teams -- Houston and Southern Miss. The Mountain West already was ahead of the Big East, which now is only ahead of the Sun Belt, MAC and WAC.

What obviously hurts the Big East in these particular rankings is only having one team in the Top 25 -- Cincinnati. West Virginia fell out of the rankings after losing to Louisville. Outside of Cincinnati, everybody else in the Big East has at least three losses. Southern Miss and Houston are a combined 17-1. No. 5 Boise State leads the charge for the Mountain West, and TCU is coming on after a slow start to the season.

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