Big East Power Rankings Week 14
Temple remains seventh in my updated Big East Power Rankings despite losing, 38-20, to Syracuse in Friday's season finale.
Here's a look at my power rankings:
1. RUTGERS (9-2, 5-1)
Skinny: The Scarlet Knights lost their No. 21 national ranking after a humbling defeat at Pittsburgh. But Rutgers can still win the outright Big East title with a victory over Louisville.
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: vs. Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
2. CINCINNATI (8-3, 4-2)
Skinny: The Bearcats can clinch a share of conference title with Rutgers by beating Connecticut and with a Scarlet Knights' loss.
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: at Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. Saturday
3. SYRACUSE (7-5, 5-2)
Skinny: The Orange was the conference's hottest team late in the season. Syracuse closed out the regular season by winning five of its last six games.
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: TBD bowl game
4. LOUISVILLE (9-2, 4-2)
Skinny: Losing their last two Big East games, the Cardinals haven't exactly lived up to the preseason-favorite hype. Louisville also dropped from No. 19 to out of the rankings.
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: at Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
5. CONNECTICUT (5-6, 2-4)
Skinny: After winning two straight, the Huskies will become bowl eligible with a victory over Cincinnati. Talk about a turnaround for a team that was regarded as the conference's worst program a few weeks ago.
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: vs Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. Saturday
6. PITTSBURGH (5-6, 2-4)
Skinny: The Panthers are in position to end an inconsistent season with a bowl appearance. Pittsburgh just needs to defeat struggling South Florida to become bowl eligible.
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: at South Florida at 7 p.m. Saturday.
7. TEMPLE (4-7, 2-5)
Skinny: The Owls concluded the season by losing five of their final six games. They did, however, post consecutive Big East wins for the first time in school history.
Previous ranking: 7
Up next: Season complete
8. SOUTH FLORIDA (3-8, 1-5)
Skinny: The Bulls had to start a different quarterback in the last three games due to injuries. South Florida has also lost eight of its last nine games.
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Saturday