Fizz’s Big East Power Rankings (11/8): Syracuse Drops, New Bowl Projections

Just be thankful you’re not Coach P, who proves again he’s leading the worst team in the league.

Election Day is in the books, so the balance of power for this week’s falls to The Fizz Big East rankings. It hasn’t shifted much from last week. Once again #9 Louisville retains office as the top Big East seed, but there are some teams that made some moves in the rankings. Syracuse gets its chance to knock off the Cardinals from the top spot this weekend, especially for the seniors in their last career home game. After SU’s critical loss to Cincy over the weekend, does the Orange stand pat or slip into the lower tier? Here’s this week’s Power Rankings:

1) #9 Louisville 9-0, 4-0 (Last weekend: W, 45-17 v. Temple)

The Cardinals pummeled Temple by four touchdowns, thanks to a balanced offensive attack. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 300+ yards, and an astounding five TD passes. Louisville’s defense picked up in the second quarter and never looked back. Bridgewater could very well be the best QB Syracuse sees this season. Yeah, and that does include Matt Barkley. The Cards have put together a flawless season thus far and don’t plan on dropping any games. Jerome Smith tells The Fizz the Cardinals are a team that are patient and just keep on plugging. SU has to remain disciplined for 60 minutes. We think UofL is ripe for an upset at the Dome, but will take the conference by beating Rutgers later on.

Up Next: @ Syracuse, Saturday

2) Cincinnati 6-2, 2-1 (W, 35-24 v. Syracuse)

The Bearcats earn a promotion in this week’s ranks because of their gutsy win against the Orange. George Winn had a career day with 3 TDs. Munchie Legaux was pulled from the game in the third quarter, but even without his dual threat Cincinnati got the job done. Cincy wasn’t perfect, burt still found a way to win the game. That’s what good teams do. Rutgers was on their bye week, so the ‘Cats get the nod this week to move on up.

Up Next: @ Temple, Saturday

3) Rutgers 7-1, 4-0 (bye)

The Scarlet Knights had a bye week to fix their dreadful mistakes after the loss to the Golden Flashes. It was a classic trap game. Kent State dominated the line of scrimmage of Rutgers and the stellar RU’s defense disappeared. Gary Nova struggled and threw six picks, but expect RU to come out strong against a bad Army team. The Knights are still undefeated in conference, and are a threat to Louisville.

Up Next: v. Army, Saturday

4) Pittsburgh 4-4, 1-3 (L, 29-26 @ Notre Dame)

The Panthers put up an impressive fight against the Fighting Irish. Had it not been for a shanked chip-shot FG, we are talking about a huge upset win for Pittsburgh. The game was in South Bend, which is never an easy place to play. Kudos to Pitt for at least giving the Irish a game. It’s tough to put the Panthers above the Orange since SU won the head-to-head, but for at least a week we should give Pitt credit for a gutsy road effort against one of the best teams in the country.

5) Syracuse 4-5, 3-2 (L, 35-24 @ Cincinnati)

Obama was able to get it done in Ohio, but Syracuse was not. The Orange drops a spot this week, but you couldn’t have written a better script for the team to come out and steal one in Cincy. Syracuse had a lead, but coughed it up because of costly turnovers. Until that improves, SU isn’t going anywhere. The penalty problems are just escalating, not being solved. The Orange has to win two of its final three games for a bowl bid, and it starts against the Cardinals. We are predicting an eye-opening victory for SU at home this week, followed by a win at Temple to get the Orange to bowl eligibility.

Up Next: #9 Louisville, Saturday

6) USF 3-6, 1-4 (W, 13-6 v. UConn)

South Florida moves up one spot for a bounce-back, defensive effort against the Huskies and its first win in conference. Yes it’s only UConn, but USF was coming off two shoot-out losses so allowing just six points is impressive. USF showed a fire on defense that wasn’t present in previous weeks. The Bulls stopped their six-game losing streak, and displayed they can get it done on both sides of the ball.

Up Next: @ Miami, Saturday

7) Temple 3-5, 2-3 (L, 45-17 @ Louisville)

This is where it gets ugly. The Owls drop a spot in the rankings after a blowout loss to Louisville. The Cardinals are the best team in the conference, but Temple shows again it can’t hang around in high scoring games. Temple still has its game against Syracuse to win some respect from The Fizz, but getting killed by UofL shows where this program is right now.

Up Next: Cincinnati, Saturday

8)UConn 3-6, 0-4 (L 13-6 @ USF)

And the lowly Huskies round out the rankings at the bottom, AGAIN. UConn had a chance to beat its closest opponent in the standings in USF. Connecticut and QB Chandler Whitmer had to come out swinging against South Florida’s porous defense on Saturday, and failed to do so. Only two FGs, so last place for you Coach P.

Up Next: Pittsburgh, Friday

Projected Big East Bowls/Records

1. Louisville: 10-1, 6-1                     BCS/Orange Bowl

2. Cincinnati: 10-2, 6-1                   Russell Athletic Bowl

3. Rutgers: 9-3, 5-2                           Belk Bowl

4. Syracuse: 6-6, 5-2                         Pinstripe Bowl

5. Pitt: 6-6, 3-4                                   BBVA Compass Bowl/Autozone Liberty Bowl

6. Temple: 5-6, 3-4                            N/A

7. USF: 4-8, 2-5                                  N/A

8. UConn: 3-9, 0-7                            N/A

Posted: Brendan Glasheen

32 Comments on this Post

  1. Russell MacEachern

    Im not sure Id give Pitt kudos for absolutely collapsing before our very eye’s!Pitt stole a loss from the jaws of victory….where have we seen that b4?Oh yea,against us and their rated above us?SU belongs ahead of Pitt and after Cinncy robbed us why the promotion?An “OFFICIAL”S promotion?Do they know who their QB is?L’ville is shaky but untill they lose in there proper place!

  2. Russell MacEachern

    @Dipper,VT was probably the most overrated team this season,if FSU is on it should be a easy night for the Seminoles..FSU45-VT17..@Carlton,a day off Saturday?Get a 6er for me lol!

  3. Russell MacEachern

    @Glash,sorry I thought u had Pitt ahead of us…my bad,but Im still pizzed about the bad reffing in the Cinncy game!!Im still not gonna give Pitt the kudo’s for the bigtime meltdown tho!!

  4. Russell MacEachern

    You do have Pitt ahead of us…..disagree on head to head!!Negate 3rd post!!

  5. Section 129 Smitty

    At this point I’ll take any bowl, but I still feel this team as the chance to run the table.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    U know what Smitty?…I absolutely agree with you,especially if we can knock off L’ville this weekend!…In any case we’ll definately win at Mizzou and Temple should be a W!!

  7. listen i really hope we can win our next 2 games, but really i don’t know about missouri? i have a bad feeling. i don’t neccessarily agree with those big east records on that board neither. syracuse must play 3 of there best games to make a bowl game. i hope they can do it.

  8. Russell MacEachern

    This years Mizzou team is bad,I hope we can because at their best they’ve traditionally been a little better than average so if we can’t beat them I don’t see us beating a talented #9 L’ville team?Anyone remember Davis Oku?He’s now playing for Ark.St and just scored his 2nd TD of the night against L.Monroe on ESPNU!!He could have played for us!

  9. Russell MacEachern

    David,not “Davis” a misspell!

  10. OrangeCrush27

    I know these rankings are fun, but i dont agree with the Pitt over ‘Cuse. 1)Pitt got beat by ‘Cuse. 2) Pitt got smoked at Cincy, where ‘Cuse played right with Cincy (in bad weather) up until they gave them the game. 3) ‘Cuse has a better record…

    1) l’ville
    2) Rutgirls
    3) Cincy
    4) ‘Cuse
    5) Pitt
    6) Temple
    7) USF
    8) UCONN

  11. Russell MacEachern

    You know what OC27,ur rankings are the same way I see it especially Cuse ahead of Pitt if only because of head to head!!Maybe USF ahead of Temple too even tho Temple beat them at home early in the season but USFs depth and talent is much deeper!!

  12. OrangeCrush27

    Yeah but wins are wins. If we were looking at talent and “who should have won,” i would have ‘Cuse at 2 over Rutgirls and cincy since i felt they played better then both, but came out with a loss, due to self inflicted wounds

  13. @Russell MacEachern;due to some recent unfortunate circumstances I have two extra tickets for tomorrows game. If you and a friend would like to come to the game the tickets are yours. The game is at noon and as you know it’s against Louisville.

  14. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,are u getting forgetful?My operation is TUUESDAY the 13th and Im on a restricted diet till then and all liquid diet from Sunday till 7am Tuesday,I appreciate the offer but can’t do much of anything for a week or so?Maybe the Pinstripe Bowl?

  15. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,anyone notice how UConn is handling the mighty Panthers?Would-be Conquerors of the Mighty Irish?

  16. Russell MacEachern

    @Carlton,whats up with u this weekend?the couch,beer and football?Hope ur off this weekend!!

  17. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,notice were only 1 and a half point dogs saturday?I was looking on RUs rivals board and they all like us for the upset,they’re high on Nassib and have much respect for him and Marrone as a coach except for his recruiting!!They still call us those stupid names tho but I did’nt expect the respect there!!Its a free board most BE teams have?Maybe all if ur curious!!

  18. @Russell MacEachern; everyone is talking upset tomorrow,let’s all hope that their correct in their assessments.

    Russ I did indeed forget about you having surgery on the 13th. I hope and pray that everything goes well for.

    If you’ve read my response on the Bernie Fine Scandal your going to see that I’ve upset some people. Oh well,live goes on.

    Russ, you and I have become somewhat friends over these last few months and I’ve really enjoyed talking to you during this period of time. However all good things must come to an end. I’ve upset DA with my remarks and told him that I would keep my promise to exit this web page at the end of the year.

    I would at this time like to wish you and the rest of you family a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.

    So long old friend,I will miss the discussions that we have had.

    Hey Terrie and Cuse17,I hope you get stomach ulcers from all the damn complaining that you do. Both of you are still freaking idiots.

  19. Great news…maybe we can begin talking about sports instead of all the two children’s nonsense. This string of posts is a perfect example …14 of 18 posts are the children..very little of it serious football opinion or fact…just sandwich and names for defensive lines…nonsense.
    I’d like to think their leaving but I’m sure they’ll find reasons to stay…
    Just talk sports not nonsense

  20. Russell MacEachern

    Hey Ass17, go F urself,u could disappear and no one would notice or care as u have no friends here!!the only time anyone hears from u are the “ides of March”,see a pyschiatrist!!Whats up with u and the D-lines?The Fizz made that request!!Gripe to them!!Im not going anywhere what gave u that wishfull thought!If we lose today he’ll be the first in line to gloat and gripe!

  21. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,whats up with the intranet?U notice only a rare few have there names w/a underline link?Most are insiders or ?…Im glad the end of the year is still a way off so u can still irritate “Cuse17″…I think we have a real shot at an upset,I hope so just to irritate C17..

  22. Russell MacEachern

    Nassib,handoff to Smith,18yds,Nassib,41yd sideline to lemon,Nassib,9yd screen to Sales…keep it moving Cuse all but C17 are pulling for ya..

  23. PTG!!!!!!

  24. Russell MacEachern

    Lookin good Mike huh?…38-13…WV2…why can’t we get it together more often?

  25. Russell MacEachern


  26. Russell MacEachern

    I figured my nephew and Carlton would have joined the party by now?…big win w/our NFL caliber QB at the helm!!

  27. Very nice win…good job DM.

  28. Russell MacEachern

    Cusedontluse,how’s it look from Texas?….a little better huh?

  29. Russell MacEachern

    Im a little surprised by the compliment..classy move.

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