Big East power rankings, Week 5: A jumbled mess

September, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Honestly, these rankings should have four teams tied for third. But that would be wussing out.  

1. South Florida (4-0): When the best team in the league beats Florida International by eight points, that's not good. Chalk it up as a letdown, but the Bulls had better be back up for N.C. State this weekend.

2. Connecticut (4-0): Beating Baylor by three points at home hardly made much of a statement. But the Huskies just keep winning, somehow, some way.

3. Cincinnati (2-1): I really had no idea whom to put in the third spot. I decided to give credit to the Bearcats, whose loss came against the best team anybody in this league has played (Oklahoma). But we probably won't know how good Cincinnati is until Oct. 25, when it begins a three-game stretch at UConn, versus South Florida and at West Virginia.

4. West Virginia (1-2): The Mountaineers can't really be as bad as they look, can they? Their two losses came on the road to probable bowl teams.

5. Pittsburgh (2-1): It was a nice win over Iowa, but Pitt still has a long way to go. The Hawkeyes outgained the Panthers 361-258 and had the ball more than nine minutes longer.

6. Louisville (2-1): I debated putting the Cardinals as high as No. 3, but I can't shake the sense that Kansas State just isn't very good. But if Louisville beats UConn on Friday at home, it might move up to No. 2 for next week.

7. Syracuse (1-3): Their first (only?) win of the season gives the Orange a one-week reprieve from the bottom spot.

8. Rutgers (0-3): I don't actually think that Rutgers is worse than Syracuse. But until they win a game, the Scarlet Knights will be living in the basement.

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