Big East Power Rankings: Week 9

Saturday's 35-10 setback to No. 18 Rutgers showed Temple has a ways to go before being considered an elite program.

That's not a knock against the youthful Owls (3-3, 2-1 Big East). It's just reality for an inexperienced team that played 19 freshmen against the Scarlet Knights (7-0, 4-0).

But with two Big East wins, Temple is better than a predicted last-place finish would indicate.

That's why despite the 25-point setback, the Owls remain in fifth place in my updated Big East Power Rankings.

Here's a look at my power rankings:

1. RUTGERS (7-0, 4-0)

Skinny: The 18th-ranked Scarlet Knights improved to 7-0 for the third time in school history after beating Temple on Saturday. Rutgers has outscored this season's opponents, 69-3, in the third quarter.

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: vs. Kent State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday 

2. LOUISVILLE (7-0, 2-0)

Skinny:  The 16th-ranked Cardinals escaped with a come-from-behind victory over South Florida to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 2006. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this season.

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: vs. Cincinnati at 8 pm Friday

3. CINCINNATI (5-1, 1-0)

Skinny:  The Bearcats lost their national ranking and an eight-game winning streak after being upset by Mid-American Conference squad Toledo.  Cincinnati held the lead for just 13 seconds against the Rockets. They'll look to regroup in Friday's game at Louisville.

Previous ranking: 3

Up next: at Louisville at 8 p.m. Friday

4. SYRACUSE (3-4, 2-1)

Skinny: The Orange improved to 3-1 at home after spanking Connecticut on Friday night. Syracuse has gained at least 500 yards in three games this season.

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: at South Florida at 7 p.m. Saturday

5. TEMPLE (3-3, 2-1)

Skinny:  The Owls surrendered 35 unanswered points in a lopsided loss to the Scarlet Knights. As a result, Temple hasn't defeated a national ranked team since 1998.

Previous ranking: 5

Up next: at Pittsburgh at noon Saturday

6. PITTSBURGH (3-4, 0-3)

Skinny: The Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory at Buffalo on Saturday. The win improved Pitt to 29-3 all-time against MAC opponents.

Previous ranking: 6

Up next: vs. Temple at noon Saturday

7. CONNECTICUT (3-5, 0-3)

Skinny:  The Huskies have been held scoreless in the second halves of their last three games. Averaging 17.9 points per game, UConn ranks last in the conference in scoring offense.

Previous ranking: 7

Up next: at South Florida on Nov. 3

8. SOUTH FLORIDA (2-5, 0-3)

Skinny:  After Saturday's defeat to Louisville, the Bulls have lost five straight games for the first time in the 16 years of the program. South Florida ranks last in the Big East in scoring defense (27.4 points per game) and total defense (389.7 yards per game).

Previous ranking: 8

Up next: vs. Syracuse at 7 p.m. Saturday

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