Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yes, Owls still sixth in Big East Power Rankings

Big East Power Rankings: Week 11

Yes, Owls still sixth in Big East Power Rankings

Temple quarterback Chris Coyer. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Temple quarterback Chris Coyer. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Big East Power Rankings: Week 11

There was a thought on North Broad Street that Temple would prove preseason prognosticators wrong.

So far, they have by beating South Florida and Connecticut to stay out of the Big East basement. But those wins are more of a statement of how bad the Bulls (3-6, 1-4 Big East) and Huskies (3-6, 0-4) are than of the Owls’ being ahead of schedule.

That's because, the inexperienced Owls (3-5, 2-3) have since suffered three consecutive lopsided conference losses to No. 24 Rutgers, Pittsburgh and No. 11 Louisville.

More coverage
Get the latest local sports news with the Philly Sports Now app
Latest college football rankings
Latest college sports videos
SHOP: Collegiate Sportswear & Merchandise

As bad as those defeats were, Temple remains in sixth place in my updated Big East Power Rankings due to beating USF and UConn.

Here’s a look at my power rankings:

1. LOUISVILLE (9-0, 4-0)

Skinny:  The 11th-ranked Cardinals are undefeated through nine games for the first time in school history. Louisville has also won 14 of 15 regular-season games.  

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: at Syracuse at noon Saturday

2. RUTGERS (7-1, 4-0)

Skinny: The 24th-Scarlet Knights are well rested coming off a bye week. That's not a good sign for an awaiting Army squad with a 2-7 record.

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: vs. Army at noon Saturday

3. CINCINNATI (6-2, 2-1)

Skinny: The Bearcats snapped a two-game skid with Saturday’s 34-25 victory over Syracuse. Tight end Travis Kelce, who had two touchdown receptions against the Orange, will present one of many major problems Temple’s struggling pass defense.

 Previous ranking: 3

 Up next: at Temple at noon Saturday

4. SYRACUSE (4-5, 3-2)

Skinny: The Orange is in the midst of the tough two-game conference stretch. But after Saturday, quarterback Ryan Nassib (Malvern Prep) should become the Big East’s all-time completion leader. He’s 12 shy of the record (735) held by former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart.

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: vs Louisville at noon Saturday

5. PITTSBURGH (4-5, 1-3)

Skinny:  The Panthers would be the talk of college football if not for missing a would-be game-winning field goal in double-overtime against fourth-ranked Notre Dame. But Pitt should be able to easily regroup from the 29-26 triple-overtime loss with woeful Connecticut up next.

Previous ranking: 5

Up next: at Connecticut at 8 p.m. Friday

6. TEMPLE (3-5 2-3)

Skinny:  The Owls just can’t seem to catch a break. After surrendering an average of 42.3 points in the last week games, Temple entertains a Cincinnati squad that boasts the conference’s top scoring offense (34.2 points per game.).

Previous ranking: 6

 Up next: vs. Cincinnati at noon Saturday

7. SOUTH FLORIDA (3-6, 1-4)

Skinny:  There’s jubilation and uncertainty around the Bulls’ underachieving program. USF snapped a school-record six game losing streak. However, the Bulls lost standout quarterback B.J. Daniels to a season-ending broken leg and sprained ankle in the victory over Connecticut.

Previous ranking: 8

 Up next: at Miami on Nov. 17

8. CONNECTICUT (3-6, 0-4)

Skinny:  The Huskies are just awful. They have not scored in the fourth quarter of their last five games. Against USF, the Huskies turned the ball over on their final three possessions.

Previous ranking: 7

Up next: vs. Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Friday

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 10

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 9

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 8

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 7

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 6

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 5

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 4

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 3

 Big East Power Rankings: Week 2

 Big East Power Rankings: Preseason/Week





We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
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.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at

Keith Pompey Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter