West Virginia moved back into the BCS standings released Sunday night, jumping to the No. 23 spot as the only ranked Big East team.
This is an extremely important development because the final standings next week could play a role in who represents the Big East in a BCS game.
If West Virginia and Cincinnati win this weekend, they would finish in a three-way tie atop the league with Louisville. In that case, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition among all three teams. Each would be 1-1 against the other. The next tiebreaker is BCS standings. The team ranked highest in the final standings next Sunday night would go to a BCS game.
The Mountaineers (8-3) are ranked No. 21 in the Harris poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll, but their computer average is just 29. Cincinnati (8-3) is No. 25 in the coaches poll and receiving votes in the Harris poll.
West Virginia plays at South Florida on Thursday night, while Cincinnati hosts UConn.