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Fizz’s Big East Power Rankings (10/11): Major Shakeup in Tier II, USF Sinks

After the top 3, the Big East is becoming a muddled mess and teams need separation.

Big changes in the Fizz’s Big East power rankings this week. Louisville was the only team that did not play, and six schools had conference games. It’s time for some separation in the Big Easy, there are a few schools already pulling away from the pack.

1)   #20 Rutgers 5-0, 2-0 (Last Weekend: W, 19-3 v. UConn)

It was another boring Rutgers win this weekend. The Knights don’t have to score a lot of points, but doesn’t have to with its grinding defense. RU forced five Huskies turnovers (four interceptions and a fumble recovery) and even with just two field goals at halftime still looked in total command against Coach P’s crew. UConn couldn’t get any semblance of a rushing attack going, and forced QB Chandler Whitmer to try to beat the Knights alone. The RU secondary will be tested this weekend against Ryan Nassib and company, looking for its first 6-0 start in six years.

Up Next: v. Syracuse, Saturday

2)   #18 Louisville 5-0, 0-0 (Bye)

The Cardinals head back on the road to face Pittsburgh this week. Louisville has had trouble getting off to good starts. They Cards barely scooted by Florida International and Southern Mississippi (who are a combined 1-10), and need a statement win against Pitt to solidify the preseason hype. The Panthers could not get a run game going against Syracuse last weekend, and the Louisville front seven will be licking its chops at Heinz Field.

Up Next: @ Pittsburgh, Saturday

3)   #21 Cincinnati 4-0, 1-0 (W, 52-14 v. Miami Ohio)

The Bearcats stay put at #3 in rankings despite crushing Miami of Ohio. Louisville is still the better team, but Munchie Legaux and company continue to get it done. Cincy will be undefeated when it stumbles into its Friday matchup with Louisville in a few weeks: the Bearcats take on Fordham and Toledo next. George Winn continues to impress with another 100-yard performance against the Red Hawks (16 carries, 128 yards, 2 TD’s). I’ll be sold on the Bearcats if they can stick with the ‘Ville.

Up Next: v. Fordham, Saturday

4)   UConn 3-3, 0-1 (Last Weekend: L, 19-3 @ #20 Rutgers)

After the top 3, the rest of the Big East is a mess. It’s more like Tier II since no team has separated itself. The Huskies could not get into any type of offensive rhythm Saturday against the Knights. Starter Lyle McCombs was suspended for the first quarter after his second-degree breach of peace arrest a day earlier. 244 yards of total offense is not going to cut it, especially against the top defense in the conference.

Up Next: v. Temple, Saturday

5)   Syracuse 2-3, 1-0 (W, 14-13 v. Pittsburgh)

The good news: The Orange notched its first win against a BCS opponent in almost a year. The bad news: SU scored just one offensive touchdown and it came on the first drive. QB Ryan Nassib had trouble moving the ball on Friday night, but the Syracuse defense had its best day of the season. Brandon Sharpe and the D-Line contained Ray Graham and limited the Panthers to just 27 yards on 37 carries. Syracuse needs to bring that same intensity on Saturday when they face the Scarlet Knights. Rattling Sophomore Gary Nova is the key this weekend.

Up Next: @ #20 Rutgers, Saturday

6)   Temple 2-2, 1-0 (W, 37-28 v. USF)

The Owls are feeling good after earning its first Big East victory since being kicked out of the conference in 2004. The Owls forced three turnovers against the sloppy Bulls, and converted one for a score. Chris Coyer looked confident on Saturday, and completed 80% of his passes. Temple racked up 85 penalty yards, but can get away with that number against a turnover-prone team like USF. It’ll need to be sharper this Saturday when TU faces the Huskies.

Up Next: @ UConn, Saturday

7)   Pittsburgh 2-3, 0-2 (L, 14-13 @ Syracuse)

Forget the cowbell; we need more Tino. For some reason the Panthers tried to force the run against SU’s stout front seven last Friday. It didn’t work. Sunseri passed for over 300 yards and completed 75% of his passes, but missed field goals and turnovers killed his drives. Pittsburgh’s success this season rests on the shoulders of the senior QB. A loss against a dangerous UofL team would put Pitt at 0-3 in conference.

Up Next: v. #18 Louisville, Saturday

8)   USF 2-4, 0-2 (L, 37-28 @ Temple)

Once again, USF is USF. A tail spin for the talented Bulls, they have lost four straight there’s on end in sight. It’s another turnover-filled week as BJ Daniels threw a pick and lost a fumble, and has now committed a turnover in five of the six games he’s played in this season. It’s a much needed bye week this weekend for Coach Holtz and company.

Up Next: @ #18 Louisville, October 20th

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

Where would you place the Orange in the Big East Power Rankings? Is #5 too high, too low or where you would put SU?

13 Comments on this Post

  1. I’d love to see Pitt beat Louisville. There’s no reason they should, but it’d be great.

  2. @Fizz, can we get a list of recruits coming to MM? Ur link to ur show never worked. This is the list I found on another blog. 2013

    Tyler Ennis-Commit
    Rysheed Jordan
    Chinonso Obokoh
    BJ Johnson
    Noah Vonleh
    2014
    Isaiah Whitehead
    Chris McCullough
    2015
    Thomas Bryant

    I know McCullough and Whitehead are out is the rest accurate? Also anyone missing? Thanx!

  3. @Kevin Fitzgerald;based solely on the game against Rutgers last weekend I would have moved Syracuse into the #4 spot ahead of UCONN. just for the reason that they looked awful weak.
    After watching the Temple /USF game I believe that Syracuse can beat both of those schools.
    If it plays out and we do win the Temple,UCONN and USF games then we need a must win against one of the remaining three schools,Louisville,Rutgers and Cincinnati in order for Syracuse to go bowling.
    I’m hoping that the first must win of the season comes against Rutgers on Saturday.

  4. Kevin Fitzgerald

    Ron
    I hear your point. Honestly, of those final five teams, they all could beat any team on any given weekend. There’s no separation. That’s why UConn is ahead of Cuse. This could be the game for SU. A game they need to steal like you mentioned. This Rutgers team is inconsistent, trust me. They’re by no means far and away the best team in the big east. Use the momentum from Friday’s win, and attack Nova. Get as much pressure on the soph. as possible. Banking on “must-wins” later in November will not be good for Cuse (see: 2011 and 2010 finishes=not fun).

    Derek:
    It could easily happen. Again, no team is by any means far and away the best in the conference.

    I’LL YOU GUYS THIS:
    Since 05 (after the first conference shake-up): There have been just 3 TEAMS to hit 6 or more conference wins in a season. That’s it. 3! The “parity” strikes every year.

    Does it make it tougher for SU to grab 5 wins this year?

  5. Russell MacEachern

    Very objective power rankings at this point!I think Uconns Def was very impressive in last weeks loss and its hard to seperate us and UConn,maybe 4A and 4B?We have to win at least 2 of the games against the top 4 to make a bowl lets hope we can do it Saturday!”Go Cuse”..

  6. Russell MacEachern

    I see we have UConn at home the follwing week we’d better win one of them!!RIP Beano Cook..Im not a fan of his as he was a Pitt homer but I respect his treatment of his mother in her declining yrs!!

  7. Russell MacEachern

    I’ll never forger overhearing him overair by mistake telling someone once when Pitt was a 4pt favorite we did’nt have a chance and who did we think we were the Oklahoma Sooners?After that I thought he was over the hill and thats almost twenty yrs ago!

  8. Russell MacEachern

    @Derek,I think Pitt’s D is up to the task and their home were they beat VT!!L’ville traditionally has problems w/Pitt and in the BE anythings possible!!I would’nt be shocked!

  9. I think the only negative for Syracuse over the remainder of the season is,they won’t get another bye week and will have to play the next 7 weeks. Let’s hope that injuries are minimal and they win enough games to go bowling.

    Anticipation for Saturday’s game is killing me Russell. I wish the game was tomorrow.

    GO CUSE;

  10. @Kevin Fitzgerald,I forgot to add Missou to the mix. If we beat Temple,UConn and USF then all we will need is for Syracuse to win at least one of the remaining 4 games(Louisville,Rutgers,Cincinnati and Missouri) to go bowling.

    I think it’s doable if Syracuse stays healty.

    Go Cuse.

  11. Carlton: Please its a FB time article NOW!!! Please state that some where else. Thank you!!! If we lose to Rutgirls what will that do to our position rank in the BE. Who cares we are outta here(BE) next year!!! Good riddance!!

  12. Russell MacEachern

    Terry,u don’t care where we finish in the BE?Don’t u have ANY PRIDE?What do u care about?Untill that comment I just thought of u as an angry fan!

  13. Wow, this piece of writing is fastidious, my sister is analyzing these kinds of
    things, so I am going to tell her.

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