West Virginia On Top of Mountain

West Virginia has a strong hold on the top spot again this week. Connecticut drops to the bottom after the second-half blowout at Morgantown.

Big East Conference power rankings for Week 7 of the college football season:

1. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0): The Mountaineers were a little sluggish in the first half against UConn but a focused third quarter was all West Virginia needed to defeat the Huskies. WVU has a lot of weapons and that's why the Mountaineers have moved up to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

2. Cincinnati (4-1, 0-0): The Bearcats move up, thanks to Pitt's loss last week. Cincinnati's offense, led by Zach Collaros, is something the rest of the league will have to deal with this season.

3. Rutgers (4-1, 2-0): The Scarlet Knights don't have their offensive act totally together yet, but the Rutgers defense and special teams have been outstanding. Last week's 34-10 win over Pittsburgh was an eye opener. Four interceptions and six sacks helped hold Pitt to a season-low 10 points. Coach Greg Schiano has to be happy.

4. South Florida (4-1, 0-1): The Bulls had the week off after losing at Pittsburgh 44-17. Skip Holtz comes back to Connecticut to take on the Huskies Saturday.

5. Pitt (3-3, 1-1): The Panthers unleashed Ray Graham again, this time for 165 yards and a touchdown. But Pitt lost four turnovers against Rutgers. Pitt now has lost three of its last four games after a 2-0 start.

6. Syracuse (4-2, 0-1): Syracuse evidently believes in high drama. The Orange have had three of their first six games determined in overtime. Last week Syracuse held a 24-7 lead in the second quarter but needed a field goal on the last play of regulation to win.

7. Louisville (2-3, 0-0): The Cardinals lost at North Carolina 14-7 but the touchdown came with 42 seconds left. Louisville has scored just 24 points in the second half this year.

8. UConn (2-4, 0-1): The Huskies trailed 10-9 in the third quarter and were driving inside the red zone when quarterback Johnny McEntee fumbled. That changed the momentum, the West Virginia crowd got into the game, and the game wasn'

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 15

Louisville at Cincinnati....................................Noon

The Keg of Nails • at Paul Brown Stadium

BIG EAST Network Game of the Week

Television: BIG EAST Network

Series: Cincinnati leads, 29-21-1

Last Meeting: Oct 15, 2010 — Cincinnati, 35-27

Utah at Pittsburgh...........................................Noon

Television: ESPNU

Series: Utah leads, 2-0

Last Meeting: Sept. 2, 2010 — Utah 27-24 OT

Navy at Rutgers..............................................2 p.m.

Television: ESPN3.com

Series: Tied, 11-11-1

Last Meeting: Sept. 20, 2008 — Navy, 23-21

USF at Connecticut.................................... 3:30 p.m.

Television: BIG EAST Network

Series: Connecticut leads, 5-3

Last Meeting: Dec. 4, 2010 — Connecticut, 19-16

Bye Weeks:

Syracuse

Next Game: Oct. 21 vs. West Virginia

West Virginia

Next Game: Oct. 21 at Syracuse

BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS

Offensive Player of the Week: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Defensive Player of the Week: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ross Krautman, K, Syracuse


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