Monday, August 3, 2015

Owls drop to sixth in Big East Power Rankings

Big East Power Rankings: Week 10

Owls drop to sixth in Big East Power Rankings

Temple quarterback Chris Coyer is sacked in the first half by Pitt´s Todd Thomas. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Temple quarterback Chris Coyer is sacked in the first half by Pitt's Todd Thomas. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Big East Power Rankings: Week 10

Temple will have a tough time winning another Big East game.

The Owls (3-4, 2-2 Big East) just lack a defense needed to beat their remaining conference foes – Louisville, Cincinnati and Syracuse. But Temple did defeat conference cellar dwellers Connecticut and South Florida.

That’s why despite a 30-point setback to Pittsburgh, the Owls only dropped one place to sixth in my updated Big East Power Rankings.

More coverage
Latest college sports videos
Buy college apparel and college gear

Here’s a look at my power rankings:

1. LOUISVILLE (8-0, 3-0)

Skinny:  The 12th-ranked Cardinals will improve to 4-0 in Big East play for the first time in school history with an expected victory over Temple. Louisville is just one of 11 undefeated Football Bowl Subdivision programs.  

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: vs. Temple at noon Saturday

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

Skinny: The Scarlet Knights dropped out of the Top 25 rankings after committing seven turnovers in a 35-23 setback to Kent State. Rutgers gained 409 yards in that setback.

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: vs. Army on Nov. 10 

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

Skinny: The Bearcats lost their second consecutive game after blowing a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead to Louisville.  Cincinnati still boasts the conference’s No.1 scoring offense (34.1 points per game).

 Previous ranking: 3

 Up next: vs. Syracuse at noon Saturday

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

Skinny: The Orange overcame a 20-point hole to post a victory over South Florida on Saturday. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, a Malvern Prep graduate, produced his fifth 300-yard passing performance of the season.

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: at Cincinnati at noon Saturday

5. PITTSBURGH (4-4, 1-3)

Skinny: The Panthers picked up their first conference win of the season with a 30-point victory over the Owls. However, they can’t celebrate for too long. Pitts travels to fourth-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.

Previous ranking: 6

Up next: at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. Saturday

6. TEMPLE (3-4, 2-2)

Skinny:  The Owls have been manhandled in consecutive conference losses to Rutgers and Pitt. Unfortunately things won’t get any easier with upcoming games against Louisville and Cincinnati.

Previous ranking: 5

 Up next: at Louisville at noon Saturday

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

Skinny:  The Huskies are coming off a much-needed bye week. Connecticut was held scoreless in the second half of its previous three contests.

Previous ranking: 7

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

8. SOUTH FLORIDA (2-6, 0-4)

Skinny:  After Saturday’s 37-36 defeat to Syracuse, the Bulls have lost their last two games by a combined three games.  South Florida is riding its first six-game losing streak in the program’s history.

Previous ranking: 8

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

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 9

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 8

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 7

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 6

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 5

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 4

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 3

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 2

 Big East Power Rankings: Preseason/Week 1





Inquirer Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
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

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter