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Owls remain seventh in Big East Power Rankings

Big East Power Rankings Week 14

Owls remain seventh in Big East Power Rankings

Temple quarterback Juice Granger is brought down by a sea of orange in the second half. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Temple quarterback Juice Granger is brought down by a sea of orange in the second half. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Big East Power Rankings Week 14

Temple remains seventh in my updated Big East Power Rankings despite losing, 38-20, to Syracuse in Friday's season finale.

Here’s a look at my power rankings:

1. RUTGERS (9-2, 5-1)

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Skinny:  The Scarlet Knights lost their No. 21 national ranking after a humbling defeat at Pittsburgh. But Rutgers can still win the outright Big East title with a victory over Louisville.

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: vs. Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

2. CINCINNATI (8-3, 4-2)

Skinny: The Bearcats can clinch a share of conference title with Rutgers by beating Connecticut and with a Scarlet Knights' loss.

 Previous ranking: 3

 Up next: at Connecticut at  3:30 p.m. Saturday

3. SYRACUSE (7-5, 5-2)

Skinny: The Orange was the conference’s hottest team late in the season. Syracuse closed out the regular season by winning five of its last six games.

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: TBD bowl game

4. LOUISVILLE (9-2, 4-2)

Skinny:  Losing their last two Big East games, the Cardinals haven’t exactly lived up to the preseason-favorite hype. Louisville also dropped from No. 19  to out of the rankings.

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: at Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

5. CONNECTICUT (5-6, 2-4)

Skinny:  After winning two straight, the Huskies will become bowl eligible with a victory over Cincinnati. Talk about a turnaround for a team that was regarded as the conference’s worst program a few weeks ago.

Previous ranking: 5

Up next: vs Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. Saturday

6. PITTSBURGH (5-6, 2-4)

Skinny:  The Panthers are in position to end an inconsistent season with a bowl appearance. Pittsburgh just needs to defeat struggling South Florida to become bowl eligible.

Previous ranking: 6

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

7. TEMPLE (4-7, 2-5)

Skinny:  The Owls concluded the season by losing five of their final six games. They did, however, post consecutive Big East wins for the first time in school history.

Previous ranking: 7

 Up next: Season complete

8. SOUTH FLORIDA (3-8, 1-5)

Skinny:  The Bulls had to start a different quarterback in the last three games due to injuries. South Florida has also lost eight of its last nine games.

Previous ranking: 8

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

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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.

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