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Big East power rankings, Week 7

10/11/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

1. Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 Big East): The Bearcats had to be happy to see Oregon State beat Stanford over the weekend. They need the Beavers to have a strong season to make their signature nonconference win have some staying power.

2. South Florida (5-0, 1-0): Likewise, the Bulls could use a rebound from Florida State. The Seminoles are now 2-4 and haven't won since South Florida beat them in Tallahassee. That was still a terrific victory for many reasons, but it is losing some luster. Of course for both the Bulls and Bearcats, only one game matters this week.

3. West Virginia (4-1, 1-0): The Mountaineers have scored 30 or more points in their first five games for the first time in school history. They are 62-2 in their last 64 games when scoring at least 30 points.

4. Pittsburgh (5-1, 2-0): The Panthers can beat anybody or lose to anybody the rest of the way. They're that talented and that maddening. Next up is a team they haven't beaten in a while: Rutgers.

5. Connecticut (3-2, 0-1): A three-point loss on the road at Pitt shouldn't bump UConn down from the No. 5 spot. But right now, there is a clear difference between the top four and the other half of the league.

6. Rutgers (4-1, 0-1): OK, Scarlet Knights, you've won four straight since that opening setback to Cincinnati. Now it's back to conference play this week, and here's a chance to show that you've actually improved since then.

7. Syracuse (2-4, 0-2): The Orange played like a last-place team on Saturday against West Virginia, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. They can tie last year's win total by beating Akron at home this week.

8. Louisville (2-3, 0-1): The Cardinals finally beat an FBS team and hope to gain some momentum. But now they've got back-to-back Big East road games waiting.