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 November 13, 2004 (first place gets one point, last place gets eight points). There were only six voters this week. Where have all the voters gone?
1. Louisville (7-1) – 6 points, unanimous (#1 last week)
2. West Virginia (8-2) – 15 points (#2 last week)
2. Pittsburgh (6-3) – 15 points (#4 last week)
4. Cincinnati (5-4) – 25 points (#6 last week)
5. Syracuse (5-5) – 31 points (#3 last week)
6. Connecticut (5-4) – 34 points (#5 last week)
7. South Florida (4-4) – 42 points (#8 last week)
8. Rutgers (4-5) – 47 points (#7 last week)
My rankings for the week were:
1. Louisville (#1 last week) – Bombed Texas Christian,
55-28, with a 21-point 3rd Quarter. The Cardinals travel to 3-7 Houston
2. West Virginia (#2 last week) – Shocked in Morgantown by Boston College, 36-17. Although the Mountaineers significantly outgained Boston College, West Virginia was minus 3 in TOs and allowed two punt return TDs. This was a disastrous loss for the entire New Big East. West Virginia has a bye this week.
3. Pittsburgh (#5 last week) – The Panthers beat Notre Dame 41-38 in a game that saw five ties and four lead changes. No team led by more than seven points. Pittsburgh kicked the winning FG on the final play. A huge win for the Panthers and one of the most impressive wins by a Big East team this season. Pittsburgh has a bye this week.
4. Cincinnati (#4 last week) – Coming off a bye
week. Cincinnati hosts South Florida in a must-win game for bowl
5. Syracuse (#3 last week) – Temple 34, Syracuse 24. WTF? How did that happen? What a disaster. In the span of one afternoon, Syrcause went from competing for the BCS bid to kissing its coach goodbye. Talk about whiplash. The Orange have a bye week to pull themselves together and salvage their season.
6. Connecticut (#6 last week) – Lost at Georgia Tech,
30-10. The bloom has come off the Husky program in their first season in
the Big East. However, Connecticut can gain bowl eligibility with a win
over bottom-feeder Buffalo this weekend.
7. South Florida (#7 last week) – Stomped on East Carolonia, 41-17. The Bulls have three tough games remaining and need two wins for bowl eligibility. A visit to Cincinnati is next.
8. Rutgers (#8 last week) – Did not play last week. The Scarlet Knights' backs are against the wall. Rutgers must sweep its final two games to be bowl eligible for the first time in twelve years. The Scarlet Knights travel to Navy, where they must stop the Middies vaunted spread option.
Matei's rankings for the week were:
1. Louisville (#1 last week) – Had no problem in putting Texas Christian away. Next up is a date with Houston (3-7). The Cardinals moved up four spots in this week's BCS rankings and may be staring at an automatic BCS berth if the chips fall just right.
2. Pittsburgh (#4 last week) – Walt Harris saved his job. But just for this week apparently. The Panthers (6-3) salvaged their season with an upset victory at Notre Dame and next face the Mountaineers in the Backyard Brawl, in 2 weeks.
3. West Virginia (#2 last week) – Easily the most disappointing team in the Big East, the Mountaineers had high hopes this year. Supposed to dominate the weak sisters of the Big East, right? Well, maybe eastern football will die after all. They take two weeks off before traveling to Pitt in a must win game.
4. Cincinnati (#6 last week) – Had the week off to enjoy
their 52-24 pasting of Southern
Miss. Face South Florida next week in a matchup of Big East members-to be.
5. Connecticut (#5 last week) – Left their offense in Storrs and got thumped at Georgia Tech. Suddenly, the Huskies aren't so mighty. At 5 and 4, a home victory versus Buffalo, next week, takes Connecticut to Bowl eligibility status.
6. South Florida (#7 last week) – Dismantled East Carolina
to move to 0.500 overall and in league. Interesting test looms as the
Bulls travel to Cincinnati next week.
7. Syracuse (#3 last week) – Paul Pasqualoni lost his job this past Saturday. He had to. Is it not enough that his program is the only one to lose to Temple this year, among all Big East teams? Try twice, in the past three years. The Orange take a week off before they travel to Chestnut Hill to bid Boston College farewell.
8. Rutgers (#8 last week) – A very successful week
considering the Scarlet Knights
did not play a single down. Rutgers has two winnable games remaining, starting with this weekend at Navy. The school is attempting to grab its first winning season since the 7-4 Scarlet Knights team of 1992.
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