The fall of one undefeated Big East team this weekend left the conference with just one squad in the BCS rankings.
But Louisville's rise to No. 10 gives the Big East a presence in the national conversation, something the conference desperately needs after its two other unbeatens fell to a pair of MAC schools the past two weeks.
Can the Cardinals work their way into the national title mix? Unlikely, given that there are four other undefeated teams and five one-loss teams ahead of them. But the opportunities will be there for them to rise if they keep taking care of business, something they should have little problem doing until the regular-season finale at Rutgers. (Though Syracuse could make things interesting Nov. 10 at the Carrier Dome if the Orange continue their hot streak.)
As for the one loss teams? Florida and Florida State still play each other, and LSU hosts top-ranked Alabama this weekend.
Letdowns by Cincinnati and Rutgers -- and a very shaky middle of the pack in the conference -- have not done the Big East any favors, but having one team rise as the cream of the crop will be beneficial for its national reputation. With one team in the top-10 already with four games to go, the opportunity is there for a bigger platform.