Monday, November 5, 2012
Big East power rankings: Week 11
By Andrea Adelson
Not too many changes in the power rankings this week.
1. Louisville (9-0, 4-0) The Cardinals had their most dominant performance of the season in a victory over Temple, even though the game was close for the first 20 minutes. Still, Louisville is off to the best start in school history and more people around the country should take a look at this team and Teddy Bridgewater. I can think of a lot of nationally ranked teams that would love to have Bridgewater under center.
2. Rutgers (7-1, 4-0) The Scarlet Knights were off over the weekend and return to the field to take on Army on Saturday. As if they need any other reminders about taking their nonconference competition seriously, Army pulled off a huge shocker this weekend, dominating Air Force 41-21.
3. Cincinnati (6-2, 2-1) The Bearcats are not quite bowl-eligible yet -- two FCS victories mean they need to get to seven overall wins. But they found a way to come from behind and beat Syracuse to stay in the Big East race. Backup quarterback Brendon Kay led the comeback, but running back George Winn was the star.
4. Syracuse (4-5, 3-2) The Orange had many opportunities to beat Cincinnati, but mistakes cost this team a win once again. Sounds like a broken record, right?
5. Pitt (4-5, 1-3) Speaking of mistakes, Pitt has only itself to blame for its heartbreaking 29-26 triple-overtime loss to No. 3 Notre Dame. The Panthers led a 20-6 fourth-quarter lead slip away because they couldn't get a first down late in the game, then missed a field goal in the second overtime that would have won it. The Panthers get a hat tip for playing hard, but they have to find a way to win these games.
6. Temple (3-5, 2-3) The Owls have now lost three straight by an average score of 42-15. But they own the head-to-head victories over the bottom two teams, so they are settled into this position.
7. South Florida (3-6, 1-4) The Bulls broke a six-game losing streak with a noteworthy defensive performance, but it's going to take more than a win over UConn to get out of the bottom of these rankings.
8. Connecticut (3-6, 0-4) The Huskies are taking steps back on offense every single week. In their loss to USF, they did not reach double digits in points for the third time this season.