Big East in the BCS computer rankings

October, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett


The first official BCS standings won't come out until later this month. But five of the six computer rankings that comprise one-third of the standings are available. (Dr. Peter Wolfe's ratings do not come out until Oct. 18.)

Here is how OK Computer each Big East team is in those wacky, lovable math-geek ratings:

SAGARIN


5. Cincinnati
18. South Florida
21. West Virginia
35. Rutgers
37. Pittsburgh
44. Connecticut
88. Syracuse
121. Louisville

This is the highest ranking of the five computer methods for the Bearcats. It's also the highest for WVU and Rutgers (35th? Really?). There are only 120 FBS teams, remember, which means Louisville is not so much liked here. The Cardinals are behind such luminaries as Delaware, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and South Dakota State.

ANDERSON AND HESTER


11. Cincinnati
27. South Florida
33. West Virginia
38. Pittsburgh
40. Connecticut
45. Rutgers
81. Syracuse
108. Louisville

Anderson and Hester are a weird duo; on one hand, they have Cincinnati and South Florida lower than anyone else; on the other hand, they rank the Big East as the fourth best conference.

BILLINGSLEY

10. Cincinnati
22. South Florida
37. West Virginia
38. Pittsburgh
42. Connecticut
51. Rutgers
72. Louisville
96. Syracuse

Billingsley is way higher on the Cardinals than any other ranking, and Syracuse is curiously low despite its strong schedule.

COLLEY MATRIX

9. Cincinnati
13. South Florida
29. Connecticut
34. West Virginia
38. Pittsburgh
44. Rutgers
83. Syracuse
112. Louisville

Blue pill or red pill? This Matrix likes UConn a whole lot more than the other computer rankings.

MASSEY

8. Cincinnati
13. South Florida
23. Pittsburgh
35. West Virginia
39. Connecticut
46. Rutgers
91. Syracuse
104. Louisville

Another No. 13 ranking for South Florida, and Pitt's highest computer marks of the five.

What does it all mean? The highest and lowest computer scores will be thrown out, and the rest averaged in. Since we don't know what the elusive Dr. Wolfe has cooked up, we can only speculate with these five. Throw out the Sagarin and Anderson and Hester numbers for Cincinnati, and the Bearcats' average position is 8th. Still good striking distance, particulary if they can win at South Florida. The Bulls are a little further back, with an average of 17th after throwing out A&H and one of the No. 13 ratings. But that would definitely climb with a win over Cincinnati.

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