Temple finished seventh in my final Big East Power Rankings.
Here’s a look at my power rankings:
1. LOUISVILLE (10-2, 5-2)
Skinny: The 22d-ranked Cardinals won a share of the conference title with Cincinnati, Rutgers and Syracuse. Due to the tiebreaker, Louisville received the Big East’s automatic Bowl Championship Series bid. The Cardinals will face No. 3 Florida in the AllState Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2.
Previous ranking: 4
2. RUTGERS (9-3, 5-2)
Skinny: The Scarlet Knights ended the regular season with a two-game losing streak. But Rutgers is 2-1 against the other tied teams. That’s why it didn’t drop below second place in the final power rankings. The Scarlet Knights were selected to play Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28
Previous ranking: 1
3. CINCINNATI (9-3, 5-2)
Skinny: The Bearcats clinched a share of the conference title for the fourth time in five seasons. Cincinnati was selected to face Duke in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27.
Previous ranking: 2
4. SYRACUSE (7-5, 5-2)
Skinny: The Orange earned a share of its first Big East title since 2004. Syracuse will face West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York on Dec. 29.
Previous ranking: 3
5. PITTSBURGH (6-6, 3-4)
Skinny: The Panthers won their final two regular-season games to clinch a fifth consecutive bowl appearance. Pitt will face Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. on Jan. 5. It will mark the Panthers’ third consecutive appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Previous ranking: 6
6. CONNECTICUT (5-7, 2-5)
Skinny: The Huskies failed to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season. However, UConn did upset Louisville and Pittsburgh this season.
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: vs Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
7. TEMPLE (4-7, 2-5)
Skinny: The Owls lost five of this season’s final six games. As a result, Temple had its first losing season in four years.
Previous ranking: 7
8. SOUTH FLORIDA (3-9, 1-6)
Skinny: Picked to finish second, the Bulls underachieved big-time. It ultimately cost Skip Holtz his head-coaching job.
Previous ranking: 8
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