Big East Power Rankings aren't exactly easy to make when nearly half the conference is off, and half the teams that are playing lose. But, where there is a will, there is a way. The will to make this week's power rankings is there, and that's why you are ready this Johnny. Buckle up junior.
1) West Virginia Mountaineers 3-0. West Virginia dispatched Maryland for the first semi marquee win for the conference this season. It's not sad when that comes week 3 against a crap ACC team. West Virginia was led again by Geno Smith, who went 19-29-268-4 TDs. Impressive. Noel Devine stated his case as the best back in the league with 131 yards. Tavon Austin had 7-106-2 TDs in the air for the Mountaineers, while Stedman Bailey caught his first two career touchdowns.
2) Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2-0. Rutgers had an off week, but due to their undefeated record, they are second. Our friends at On the Banks used the bye week to write about why the Rutgers offense was so terrible. Someone could write that about the Bearcats. Someone might.
3) Pittsburgh Panthers 1-1. Pittsburgh had a bye week as well, but they stay here because the other 5 teams didn't do anything to best them. PittScript, available on Bloguin!, writes about how the Panthers still have unanswered questions for this season. I have a good idea that we'll get some answers Thursday night.
4) Syracuse Orange 2-1. Syracuse beat up on Maine Saturday, to the tune of 38-14. Ryan Nassib was 19-28-260-5 TDs to win the QB of the week award. Van Chew continued to chew up the yards, get it, with 7-113-1 TD. Nick Provo caught 5-85-1 TD, while Alec Lemon had 58 yards and 2 TDs. Delone Carter had 65 yards on the ground.
5) South Florida Bulls 1-1. South Florida had not a damn thing interesting happen with them this week, but Voodoo5 wrote a pretty good article about the Big East in general. They also host the wildly popular Protect Your Unit game, which I was leading, but now am in 3rd place after 2 of my 3 bets had stupid Cincinnati involved. Sigh.
6) Louisville Cardinals 1-2. Louisville went out to Corvallis and played their balls off. The Cards hung 453 on the Beaver defense in the 35-28 loss. The talent level is just not there though. Adam Froman was 22-38-288-1 TD-1 INT-48 rush yards-2 TDs-1 costly fumble while crossing the goal line. Froman's pick came on the last drive. Bilal Powell continued his hard running with 83 yards and a TD. Doug Beaumont had 9-127 receiving. Louisville may drop in the rankings due to them not playing this week.
7) Cincinnati Bearcats 1-2. If Cincinnati isn't last, that means another Big East team left a bigger turd in the punchbowl and that team was
8) Connecticut Huskies 1-2. UConn gave up 30 points for the second time this season, this time in a 30-16 loss to Temple. For a team that was touted in some circles as future Big East champs, they have looked awful. Zach Frazier was 16-31-150 against Temple, and was worse than the numbers. Jon Todman went off for 26-192-1 TD, but that wasn't enough. Michael Smith had 7-79 receiving. The UConn defense and special teams gave up huge returns, especially on punts, and 356 yards to the Owls. That's not getting it done. They have to turn it around, and soon.
Big East Schedule
Thursday: Miami at Pittsburgh
Buffalo at Connecticut
Colgate at Syracuse
North Carolina at Rutgers
Western Kentucky at South Florida
Oklahoma at Cincinnati
West Virginia at LSU