Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Big East power rankings: Week 2
By Andrea Adelson
From my seat, there were only a few really outstanding performances this weekend and one really, really horrible one. So let's see how the new and improved power rankings shake out.
1. Louisville (1-0). The Cardinals looked like the Big East preseason favorite in their win over Kentucky, showing a hugely improved offense. The Cardinals had over 200 yards rushing -- including two backs to go over 100 yards -- looked dominant up front and have an even better Teddy Bridgewater behind center. The defense needs some work, though. Previous ranking: 1.
2. USF (1-0). They did not turn in a dominant performance, but hey a win is a win and USF will take it. The Bulls just need some more consistency on offense after a really so-so performance. USF coach Skip Holtz said afterward of his offense, "There seemed to be a lot of confusion." That's gotta get fixed up in a hurry against Nevada. Previous ranking: 2.
3. Rutgers (1-0). The Scarlet Knights also were slow out of the gate on offense in a win over Tulane, managing just 309 total yards. But Jawan Jamison looks like he's ready for an even better season, and the defense was as good as expected, holding Tulane to 8 yards rushing. Previous ranking: 3.
4. UConn (1-0). I seriously considered putting the Huskies at No. 2 after their 37-0 opening win over UMass. They had the second-best performance of the weekend thanks to a stifling defense that recorded its first shutout since 2007 and didn't allow UMass to cross midfield. But UMass is not as good as Tulane or Chattanooga, so the Huskies are here. Big test against NC State this Saturday. Previous ranking: 5.
5. Cincinnati (0-0). The Bearcats are here through no fault of their own. They haven't played a game yet! A win changes things. Previous ranking: 4.
6. Temple (1-0). The Owls looked good in their Big East debut against Villanova. Matt Brown had an excellent day, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown. Now there has to be more consistency out of the passing game. Previous ranking: 8.
7. Syracuse (0-1). If you want to talk about the most heartbreaking losses on the weekend, Syracuse has to be right at the top. A questionable late hit called essentially allowed Northwestern to come back and win the game 42-41. Syracuse showed some definite bright spots, particularly Ryan Nassib. But this is a tough start with USC looming. Previous ranking: 7.
8. Pitt (0-1). I only have one thing to say. Pitt lost for the first time EVER to an FCS team. That is all. Previous ranking: 6.