Big East Power Rankings – Week 3

After starting the season a perfect 8-0, the Big East hit a bit of a rough patch over the weekend, going 4-4. Here’s how it all breaks down:

wvaNo. 1 West Virginia
(Last week: 1)
Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: WIN – West Virginia 55, Norfolk St. 12
Next Game: 9/17/2011, Maryland, College Park, Md., 12:00 PM

The Mountaineers actually trailed at halftime, 12-10.

usfNo. 2 USF
(Last week: 2)
Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: WIN – USF 37, Ball State 7
Next Game: 9/17/2011, Florida A&M, Tampa, Fla.. 7:00 PM

The Bulls enjoyed an easy win over the weekend, something no one else in the conference can say.

pittNo. 3 Pittsburgh
(Last week: 3)
Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: WIN – Pitt 35, Maine 29
Next Game: 9/17/2011, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 12:00 PM

What is Pittsburgh really made of? We’ll find out this weekend as the Panthers travel to Iowa.

cuseNo. 4 Syracuse
(Last week: 4)
Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: WIN – SU 21, URI 14
Next Game: 9/17/2011, USC, Los Angeles, Calif., 8:00 PM

Syracuse’s struggles against Rhode Island doesn’t bode well for its upcoming game against the Trojans.

connNo. 5 Connecticut
(Last week: 6)
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: LOSS – Conn 21, Vanderbilt 24
Next Game: 9/16/2011, Iowa State, East Hartford, Conn, 8:00 PM

Connecticut’s offense is a real concern. The Huskies gained just 193 total yards in their loss.

cinnNo. 6 Cincinnati
(Last week: 5)
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: LOSS – Cincinnati 23, Tennessee 45
Next Game: 9/17/2011, Akron, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3:30 PM

Last week, I wrote that the Volunteers would be a good barometer for the Bearcat defense. And, now we know what to expect from the Bearcats’ defense.

rutgersNo. 7 Rutgers
(Last week: 8 )
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: LOSS – Rutgers 22, North Carolina 24
Next Game: 9/24/2011, Ohio, Piscataway, N.J., 2:00 PM

The Scarlet Knights couldn’t take advantage of five UNC turnovers.

louisvilleNo. 8 Louisville
(Last week: 7)
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Big East)
Previous Game: LOSS – Louisville 17, Florida International 24
Next Game: 9/17/2011, Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 7:00 PM

The last time the Cardinals lost to a Sun Belt Conference opponent? 1981.

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