Big East power rankings, Week 2

September, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Here are the latest Big East power rankings. And this week, we use the word 'power' lightly.

1. South Florida (2-0) -- The bull's-eye is now on the Bulls, as they become the league's showcase team. They'd better carry the banner Friday vs. No. 13 Kansas.

2. Connecticut (2-0) -- The defense has given up 12 points in eight quarters and one overtime period, and Donald Brown is probably the league's offensive MVP through the first two weeks.

3. West Virginia (1-1) -- It's possible, I suppose, that the Mountaineers could get back in the BCS title picture by running the table. That would include victories over Auburn, Colorado and South Florida. But they'd need piles of national wreckage like last season to have any chance.

4. Cincinnati (1-1) -- Give credit to the Bearcats for going to Oklahoma and playing with the imposing Sooners for a half. They won't see anything that tough the rest of the way. The question now looming: Can Tony Pike handle the quarterback spot with Dustin Grutza on the shelf for at least a month?

5. Pittsburgh (1-1) -- The Panthers evened their MAC record by taking down Buffalo on Saturday. They've got to continue to get better in the next two weeks before taking on Iowa at home next Saturday.

6. Rutgers (0-1) -- We'll see what adjustments Greg Schiano and his staff made after the Fresno State fiasco on Thursday night when North Carolina comes to Piscataway.

7. Louisville (1-1) -- The Cardinals dominated both sides of the ball in a 51-10 win over lowly Tennessee Tech. That was the only appropriate result after laying an egg against Kentucky in the opening week.

8. Syracuse (0-2) -- Back in the familiar eight hole, where the Orange figure to stay for the rest of the season.

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