Owls drop to sixth in Big East Power Rankings

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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.

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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