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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.

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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

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About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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