Big East power rankings

September, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett


Finally, we have some actual data on which to base these weekly power rankings. Granted, not all of the information is terribly revealing, given that five Big East teams played FCS opponents this week. Still, it's better than nothing. Here are the Week 2 rankings:

1. Cincinnati: Duh. The Bearcats are 1-0 in the Big East and will be atop the league standings until October. No league team -- and few teams nationally -- looked more impressive in its opener.

2. Pittsburgh: The Panthers didn't show a whole lot on offense or defense and still managed to pound Youngstown State 38-3. The overall talent on this team should carry it until the quarterback situation is fully stabilized.

3. West Virginia: I was hoping to see a more solid performance overall from the Mountaineers against Liberty, but some of that can be attributed to Week 1 kinks. All will be forgiven if they beat East Carolina this week.

4. South Florida: The Bulls were shaky in the first half against a pretty good FCS opponent in Wofford. Predictably, they turned it on in the second half and ran away. The jury is still out, and probably will be until Week 4.

5. Connecticut: The Huskies didn't look very impressive in Saturday's 23-16 win over Ohio, but they also had the toughest nonconference challenge by going on the road against an actual FBS team. We'll know a whole lot more after this week's game against North Carolina.

6. Rutgers: From my preseason favorite to No. 6. What a fall. The Scarlet Knights have a lot to work on, like blocking, tackling and passing. We won't have any idea whether they've improved until Week 4 at Maryland.

7. Syracuse: The Orange offense basically played well for about a quarter and a half, though its defense was solid most of the game. This week's Penn State game looks virtually unwinnable, but Syracuse could make some noise in the Big East before the season is over.

8. Louisville: Had the Cardinals played any Big East team in Week 1, they would have been solidly thumped. Luckily for them, they have an off week to correct the many mistakes they made against Indiana State.

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