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.
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