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 20, 2004 (first place gets one point, last place gets eight points). There were seven voters this week. Matt is on vacation for the holidays and did not vote.
1. Louisville (8-1) – 7 points, unanimous (#1 last week)
2. West Virginia (8-2) – 16 points (#2 last week)
2. Pittsburgh (6-3) – 22 points (#3 last week)
4. Cincinnati (6-4) – 31 points (#4 last week)
5. Syracuse (5-5) – 32 points (#5 last week)
6. Connecticut (6-4) – 37 points (#6 last week)
7. South Florida (4-5) – 49 points, unanimous (#7 last week)
8. Rutgers (4-6) – 56 points, unanimous (#8 last week)
My rankings for the week were:
1. Louisville (#1 last week) – Blew open their game
with Texas Christian late, with a 30-point 4th Quarter, in a 65-27 win.
The Cardinal offense is incredibly explosive. Louisville hosts
hard-charging Cincinnati this week.
2. West Virginia (#2 last week) – Did not play last week. Travel to Pittsburgh for the Thanksgiving Backyard Brawl.
3. Pittsburgh (#3 last week) – Also did not play last week. Host West Virgnia in the Backyard Brawl.
4. Cincinnati (#4 last week) – Thrashed South Florida,
45-23, using a string of four unanswered TDs spanning the 2nd through 4th
Quarters. The Bearcats travel to Louisville for their biggest test
5. Syracuse (#5 last week) – Did not play. Visit Boston College with a final chance to salvage their season and a bowl bid. That's not likely for an Orange team that hasn't won a league road game in three years.
6. Connecticut (#6 last week) – Beat Buffalo 29-0 to
clinch bowl eligibility. The Huskies don't always look impressive.
But they beat the teams they're supposed to beat. UConn travels to Rutgers
for the start of what may become a Thanksgiving tradition.
7. South Florida (#7 last week) – The Bulls saw their bowl hopes all but extinguished with a 45-23 loss at Cincinnati. South Florida hosts Memphis in a must-win game this week.
8. Rutgers (#8 last week) – Thoroughly dominated in a 54-21 whipping at the hands of Navy that was worse than the score indicated. Head Coach Greg Schiano has another season to turn the corner. But the patient looks terminal. It's only a matter of when. Not if he fails. Rutgers closes the season by hosting Connecticut on Thanksgiving before what will likely be a sparse crowd.
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