- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Louisville moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night, while Rutgers moved back into the Top 25 despite a bye week.
The Cardinals definitively beat Temple 45-17 on Saturday and are off to the best start in school history. They moved ahead of one-loss Florida State thanks to their superior computer average ranking (13 for Louisville; 19 for FSU).
That's right, folks. The best team from the Big East is ahead of the best team in the ACC. Chew on that one for a second.
But the strength of the SEC was made perfectly clear, as undefeated Louisville (9-0) sat behind two SEC teams with two losses: No. 7 LSU (7-2) and No. 8 South Carolina (7-2). That probably says all you need to know about whether Louisville would have any shot at leapfrogging a one-loss team into the national championship conversation.
The Cardinals can't even leapfrog teams with two losses.
Still, nobody at the Big East is going to complain about having a top-10 team, let alone two teams ranked in the Top 25. Rutgers fell out of the standings last week after losing to Kent State, but the Scarlet Knights (7-1) found themselves sitting at No. 23 on Sunday night and didn't even have to play a football game to climb back into the rankings.
Rutgers was off last week and returns to play Saturday against Army. If Louisville and Rutgers can win their next few games, they would go into their regular-season finale as two Top 25 teams with the Big East championship on the line.