Big East Power Poll
I have been asked to participate in a weekly poll ranking the members of the New Big East Conference. Matei has also agreed to contribute to the poll (as a separate voter). TexanMark, an administrator of SyracuseFan.com, coordinates and tallies the voting. He has recruited voters from each of the member schools. The weekly rankings are published on a weblog on Syracuse Online (scroll down to the Tuesday entry). Each week, I'll provide a link to the new rankings and publish our selections and commentary.
Here are the rankings after the week of October 23, 2004 (first place gets one point, last place gets eight points). There were nine voters this week:
1. Louisville (5-1) – 10 points, eight 1st place votes (#1 last
2. West Virginia (6-1) – 17 points, one 1st place vote (#2 last week)
3. Pittsburgh (5-2) – 31 points (#4 last week)
5. Connecticut (5-2) – 38 points (#5 last week)
3. Syracuse (3-4) – 39 points (#3 last week)
6. Rutgers (4-3) – 57 points (#6 last week)
7. Cincinnati (4-3) – 61 points (#8 last week)
8. South Florida (2-4) – 71 points (#7 last week)
My rankings for the week were:
1. Louisville (#1 last week) – Still the one.
Stomped South Florida very impressively on
Friday night. The Cards get a bye week.
2. West Virginia (#2 last week) – Won impressively over Syracuse on national TV on Thursday night. Travel to New Jersey to face same old Rutgers.
3. Connecticut (#4 last week) – It's hard to believe but the Huskies, in their first year in
the Big East, have worked their way quickly up the pecking order. Connecticut thrashed Temple, who had worked the Huskies in 2001 and 2002. Connecticut travels to Syracuse for a potential bowl elimination game.
4. Pittsburgh (#5 last week) – The Panthers manhandled Rutgers and put themselves into the drivers seat for a Gator Bowl bid. Pittsburgh has the week off.
5. Syracuse (#3 last week) – Suffered a bad loss at West Virginia, squandering a good 1st Half offensively with a meltdown in their kicking game. The Orange host uppity newcomer Connecticut in a must-win game for both teams.
6. Rutgers (#6 last week) – Rutgers was blown out at Pittsburgh, proving the Scarlet Knights to nothing more than pretenders. Rutgers hosts West Virginia in a once-promising showdown that now promises to be ugly for the home team.
7. Cincinnati (#8 last week) – Throttled Conference USA contender Memphis in a big surprise. Too little, too late though. Cincinnati hosts Texas Christian this weekend.
8. South Florida (#7 last week) – The Bulls were demolished at Louisville Friday night on national TV as the South Florida offense was MIA. South Florida has a bye week to lick its wounds.
Matei's rankings for the week were:
1. Louisville (#1 last week) – The thought of Brian Brohm replacing Stefan LeFors has Cardinal fans licking their chops. An easy victory for Louisville versus South Florida has them ready for a showdown with Memphis (5-2).
2. West Virginia (#2 last week) – Workman-like effort
had the Mountaineers take
advantage of some costly Syracuse miscues. West Virginia did what they had to, namely, just enough to win comfortably. The Mountaineers travel to Piscataway this weekend to face a struggling Rutgers team.
3. Pittsburgh (#6 last week) – Routed Rutgers in their
homecoming game and set
themselves up for an unexpected welcomed finish to their season. Embattled Head Coach Walt Harris may have saved his job, at least for this week. They have a bye week this week and next face Syracuse on November 6.
4. Connecticut (#4 last week) – Small, positive steps
is what the Huskies program is all
about. Any improving program must learn how to win the games it should - so the Huskies, who lost to Temple just 2 years ago, did just that, again. They manhandled the Owls and at 5-2 (2-2) have set up an intriguing match-up against Syracuse this coming weekend, with the winner taking complete control of its Bowl destiny.
5. Syracuse (#3 last week) – Looked bad at West
Virginia. Seem to make a habit of
looking bad away from home. Face an up and coming Husky program this Saturday in a contest for 3rd place in the Big East.
6. Rutgers (#5 last week) – Within a single year Rutgers went from Top-25 vote-getters to verge of total collapse. The talent is there to compete, but the Scarlet Knights must limit mistakes. It's a bad week to not be firing on all cylinders as West Virginia comes to town. What pride is left in Rutgers?
7. Cincinnati (#8 last week) – They are the embodiment of
why you play (and watch) the game. Embarrassed at Army one week - no
problem. They take their turn and
pound Memphis the next. QB Gino Guidugli is quietly having himself an impressive season (15 TD, 7 INT), and he'll have a chance to take the Bearcats to .500 versus Texas Christian.
8. South Florida (#7 last week) – Tough task for a young
team. The Bulls were never in
this contest, and at 2-4 must find a way to salvage something out of this season. Facing an improved Alabama-Birmingham squad in two weeks will not be an easy task.
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