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Big East power rankings: Week 8

1. Louisville (6-0, 1-0). I have put the Cardinals back on top because I think they look like the best team right now after their 45-35 win over Pitt. What I like: The Cardinals are the most balanced offensive team in the Big East, and their defense makes the plays when it has to. There are still improvements the defense can make, no question.

2. Rutgers (6-0, 3-0). I thought the defense and special teams came up big against Syracuse, but overall the Scarlet Knights are capable of playing so much better. Not much was doing on offense, and Syracuse was able to find some seams in the secondary the way Arkansas did. We are splitting hairs between 1 and 2. The winning percentage of their FBS opponents is roughly the same (Rutgers' opponents are 10-21; Louisville's are 9-23). Nothing to write home about. Rutgers has yet to beat a team with a winning record; Louisville has beaten one (North Carolina, 5-2).

3. Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0). Sorry, Bearcats, two of your wins are against FCS competition and Virginia Tech is having a down year. We will see where they stand after some of the tougher upcoming tests.

4. Temple (3-2, 2-0). The Owls are the surprise of the Big East season so far, and have looked good in two straight victories. I love the physicality this team displays every week.

5. Syracuse (2-4, 1-1). The Orange are getting the nod here because they beat the Panthers head-to-head. Their performance against Rutgers was poor.

6. Pitt (2-4, 0-3). The Panthers gave up five sacks again and had some major defensive meltdowns in a loss to Louisville. I still think this team has the most potential of the bottom group because of its run game. Rushel Shell impresses me.

7. UConn (3-4, 0-2). I have no idea what the Huskies were thinking against Temple: 14 first-quarter points, then zero the rest of the way. This could be the worst offense in FBS.

8. USF (2-4, 0-2). The Bulls were off but still bring up the rear.