Owls remain seventh in Big East Power Rankings

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)

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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