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Big East Power Rankings: Week 5

Owls last in Big East Power Rankings

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A better passing game would free up things for Temple´s running backs. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
A better passing game would free up things for Temple's running backs. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Big East Power Rankings: Week 5

This could be a long, long season for Temple.

The Owls (1-2) can’t catch the ball and give up too many big plays on defense.  Unless things change, they’ll be lucky to win five games. That’s why Temple dropped to last place in my Big East Power Rankings.

Here’s a look at my power rankings:

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1. LOUISVILLE (4-0)

Skinny:  The 19th-ranked Cardinals retain their spot. However, Louisville needs to play better than it did against Florida International on Saturday to hold off Rutgers. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had more incompletions (17) against FIU than he had in the first three games combined (16).

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: at Southern Mississippi at 8 p.m. Saturday

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

Skinny: After beating Arkansas on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights became the nation’s only team with three road victories. Having its best start since 2006, 23rd-ranked Rutgers cracked the Top 25 for the first time since November 2009.

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: vs. Connecticut on Oct. 6

3. CINCINNATI (2-0, 1-0)

Skinny:  The Bearcats are coming off their second bye in four weeks. We will find out if they learned how to hold onto the ball during the week off.  Cincinnati takes the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense (8.5 points) into a defining matchup with Virginia Tech.

Previous ranking: 3

 Up next: vs. Virginia Tech at FedEx Field (Md.) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday

 4. PITTSBURGH (2-2, 0-1)

Skinny:  The Panthers are the conference’s most improved team since the start of the season. Quarterback Tino Suneri has averaged 313.5 passing yards and three touchdowns during the last two games.

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: at Syracuse on Oct. 5

5. SOUTH FLORIDA (2-2, 0-1)

Skinny: The good news is that quarterback B.J. Daniels pulled into sixth place on the Big East career total offense list (9,333 yards) against Ball State. The bad news is the Bulls lost to the Mid-American Conference opponent. That setback proved that USF is far from the elite team it pretended to be at the start of the season.

Previous ranking: 5

 Up next: vs. Florida State at 6 p.m. Saturday

6. CONNECTICUT (2-2)

Skinny:  Like the Bulls, the Huskies are coming off an embarrassing setback to a MAC squad. But UConn is ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense (57.5 yards per game) and fifth in total defense (213 ypg). That why they remain ahead of Syracuse and Temple.

Previous ranking: 6

Up next: vs. Buffalo at 12 p.m. Saturday

7. SYRACUSE (1-3)

Skinny: The Orange has lost eight of their last nine games, dating back to last season. But Syracuse’s first four games of this season were against teams with a combined 14-2 record. So the Orange could climb up in the rankings once it plays lesser competition during the Big East portion of the schedule.

Previous ranking: 8

Up next: vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 5

8. TEMPLE (1-2)

Skinny:  The Owls have a lot of work to do. They rank last in the conference in total defense (396.7 ypg) and total offense (276.3 ypg).

Previous ranking: 7

 Up next: vs. South Florida on Oct. 6.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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