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Monday, October 8, 2012
Big East power rankings

By Andrea Adelson

There are some good football teams in the Big East. But there are also some bad football teams in the Big East. Let’s update the Power Rankings.

1. Rutgers (5-0, 2-0). The Scarlet Knights dominated UConn to get to 5-0 for the first time since 2006. It was not a pretty game by any stretch, but Rutgers is not trying to win a beauty contest. I still think it has the best defense in the league.

2. Cincinnati (4-0, 1-0). The Bearcats trounced Miami (Ohio) and had stretches in which they scored 24 unanswered points after trailing 6-0 and then 28 unanswered in the second half. The wins over Pitt and Virginia Tech are not as impressive today after both lost this weekend.

3. Louisville (5-0). The Cardinals were on a bye and open Big East play at Pitt on Saturday. Still waiting on a complete effort out of this team.

4. Temple (2-2, 1-0). The truth is, the bottom of this league is a mess. Of the bottom-five teams that won this weekend, the Owls looked more impressive than the Orange. Major props to Steve Addazio for getting this team a win over USF in its Big East opener.

5. Syracuse (2-3, 1-0). The Orange had to hold on for dear life to beat Pitt on Friday night. The offense struggled once again, but the defense came through with some major stops and huge sacks to preserve the win -- their first victory over an FBS team since October 2011.

6. UConn (3-2, 0-1). Once again, UConn failed to win consecutive games under Paul Pasqualoni. At this point, I feel like a broken record going over the offensive deficiencies every week.

7. Pitt (2-3, 0-2). The Panthers had ample opportunity to beat Syracuse but too many costly mistakes did them in. I have no idea which Pitt team we will see Saturday against Louisville.

8. USF (2-4, 0-2). To me, it is inexcusable for this program to lose to Ball State and Temple. USF has dropped eight of its last nine Big East games and looks completely out of sorts. Its only win over an FBS team came in the closing seconds at Nevada.