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Monday, November 12, 2012
Big East power rankings: Week 12

By Andrea Adelson

Let's re-rank 'em!

1. Rutgers (8-1, 4-0). The Scarlet Knights did not really knock anybody's socks off with their 28-7 win over Army, but they are alone in first place in the Big East standings and, well, they won. So that moves them ahead of Louisville -- for now.

2. Louisville (9-1, 4-1). I still like the Cardinals to represent the Big East in the BCS, as you saw from my bowl projections. But these are the power rankings, and they represent a weekly look at who is hot and who is not. This team is not so hot after a blowout loss to Syracuse on the road. Louisville has major questions to address on defense during the bye.

3. Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1). Watch out for the Bearcats, who could very easily end up in the BCS themselves. All they need is to win out -- which would include a victory over Rutgers on Saturday -- and then have the Scarlet Knights beat the Cardinals. As we have learned in the Big East, anything is possible. Brendon Kay = real deal.

4. Syracuse (5-5, 4-2). The Orange played their most impressive game of the season in an upset win over Louisville, reminding us all about the opportunities lost in many other games. They have the talent to play with every team in the league.

5. USF (3-6, 1-4). The beneficiary of a bye! And a head-to-head win over UConn. Honestly, guys, look at these bottom four teams and you can see coming up with an order is like throwing darts with a blindfold on. None of these squads scream "power" in any way, and chances are none of them will end up in a bowl game.

6. UConn (4-6, 1-4). The Huskies picked up their first Big East win of the season Friday night against Pitt, but this team remains a major work in progress.

7. Pitt (4-6, 1-4). Sorry, Panthers. Losing to offensively challenged UConn is not worthy of a ranking any higher this week.

8. Temple (3-6, 2-4). The Owls have now lost four straight games for the first time since 2008, and none of them were close. Is it time for coach Steve Addazio to make a change at starting quarterback?