Big East power rankings: Week 4

September, 17, 2012
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Time to update the power rankings after three weeks.

1. Louisville (3-0). The Cardinals nearly gave the game away against North Carolina because they took their foot off the gas. Although the defense has not been as dominant as projected, Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback in the Big East and gives this team an edge over everyone else.

2. Cincinnati (2-0, 1-0). Although the Bearcats struggled with turnovers in their win over Delaware State, they had a nice win over Pitt, which now looks like a much better team after defeating Virginia Tech. Munchie Legaux must work on holding on to the football during the bye.

3. Rutgers (3-0, 1-0). I think the Scarlet Knights have the best defense in the Big East, but they also struggled against their FCS opponent and beat a USF team that nearly lost to Nevada. If this team can cut down on the penalties (31 total, second worst in the nation) and hit a few big plays in the pass game, watch out.

4. Pitt (1-2, 0-1). The Panthers have the best win of any Big East team -- taking down No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday. They looked terrible against Cincinnati and lost to an FCS team, but the Panthers look resurgent. With the way everybody else has played in the Big East, why not move them up here?

5. UConn (2-1). Another team with an outstanding defense and little-to-no offense. The Huskies survived Maryland on Saturday. If they can get their run game going, they will be fine.

6. USF (2-1, 0-1). The Bulls had another miserable Thursday night performance and have lost nine of their past 10 conference games. That does not scream "power" at all.

7. Syracuse (1-2). The Orange picked up their first win of the season but didn't look great in doing so. Although they played Northwestern and USC close, this team has one win -- over an FCS team. So I had to drop the Orange back down.

8. Temple (1-1). The Owls face Penn State on Saturday in a huge game given the implications across the state. They also have only a win over an FCS team and a loss to a young Maryland team that hasn't been impressive.

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