Monday, October 17, 2011
Big East power rankings: Week 8
By Andrea Adelson
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Just a little bit of reshuffling in the power rankings for Week 8.
1. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0). The Mountaineers were off, but remain at the top of the power rankings with the hands down, unquestioned best offense in the Big East.
2. Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0). Tough call here between the Bearcats and Scarlet Knights. Cincinnati has not beaten a team with a winning record, and got clobbered by a pretty mediocre Tennessee team. But I give the Bearcats the edge because I think they have a better offense.
3. Rutgers (5-1, 2-0). Defense and special teams came up huge once again, and now Rutgers is one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
4. Syracuse (4-2, 0-1). The Orange were on a bye as they prepare to host West Virginia on Friday. Their wins might not be pretty this season, but they do have two against teams with winning records, and their two losses are to teams that are a combined 10-2 (USC, Rutgers).
5. USF (4-2, 0-2). USF started the season 4-0 but has dropped two conference games to teams with losing records (Pitt, UConn). That is not going to get you into the top half of the power rankings.
6. UConn (3-4, 1-1). The Huskies and Pitt have strikingly similar resumes. Both have wins against Buffalo, an FCS opponent and USF. Both have pretty ineffective offenses -- neither scored an offensive touchdown Sunday. The Huskies get the edge this week because they won.
7. Pitt (3-4, 1-1). Did this team really beat USF 44-17? How on earth did the Panthers score 44 points? We were told that was a breakthrough performance for the offense, but they have regressed since then, scoring 10 offensive points in two straight losses. They're lucky they are not at the bottom this week.
8. Louisville (2-4, 0-1). The Cardinals are giving it that old college try. They just can't run. Or pass. Or block. Or score. Or take advantage of opportunities to win. It's too bad, because one of the best defenses in the league is being overshadowed.