- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Big East conference race update is pretty simple this week.
Only Rutgers and Louisville have a shot at representing the Big East in a BCS game. Here is what has to happen for each team to get the big prize.
No. 18 Rutgers (9-1, 5-0)
Remaining schedule: at Pitt, Louisville
Win out, and get the BCS bid and outright Big East title.
Lose to Pitt and beat Louisville, get the BCS bid and outright Big East title.
If Rutgers beats Pitt and Louisville loses to UConn on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights get the BCS bid.
Louisville (9-1, 4-1)
Remaining schedule: UConn; at Rutgers
Win out and clinch a spot in the BCS
The possibility does exist for a four-way tie atop the Big East standings. If Rutgers loses out, Louisville goes 1-1 and Cincinnati and Syracuse win out, all three would finish 5-2. The higher-ranked team between Louisville and Rutgers in the final BCS standings would get the bid (they would both be 2-1 against the other tied teams). The Cardinals would most likely be the higher-ranked team, because Rutgers would have gone 0-2 in its final two games.
A three-way tie between Rutgers, Louisville and Syracuse would technically go to the highest ranked of the three in the final BCS standings. Louisville would once again have the advantage.
The best Cincinnati can do is finish either in a two-way tie with Rutgers (Rutgers wins head-to-head), a three-way tie with Rutgers and Syracuse (Rutgers beat both, Cincinnati went 1-1), or the four-way tie above. The Bearcats would not make it, going 1-2 against the other tied teams.
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