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Owls climb to fifth in Big East Power Rankings

Big East Power Rankings: Week 8

Owls climb to fifth in Big East Power Rankings

Temple quarterback Chris Coyer hands off during Saturday´s win over Connecticut. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Temple quarterback Chris Coyer hands off during Saturday's win over Connecticut. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Big East Power Rankings: Week 8

Temple moved up one spot to fifth place in my updated Big East Power Rankings after beating Connecticut on Saturday. The victory enabled the Owls (3-2, 2-0 Big East) to win consecutive Big East games for the first time in school history.

While an impressive milestone, those victories were against awful teams.

Temple’s first true conference test comes this Saturday against Rutgers at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Here’s a look at my power rankings:

1. RUTGERS (6-0, 3-0)

Skinny: The 19th-ranked Scarlet Knights are bowl eligible for the seventh time in eight years after Saturday’s victory over Syracuse. Rutgers is also 3-0 in Big East play for the second time in school history.

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: at Temple at noon Saturday 

2. LOUISVILLE (6-0, 1-0)

Skinny:  The 16th-ranked Cardinals had six plays of 20 yards or more in Saturday’s victory over Pittsburgh. In the process, Louisville erased memories of subpar offensive performances in their previous two games.

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: vs. South Florida at 3:30 pm Saturday

3. CINCINNATI (5-0, 2-0)

Skinny: The 21st-ranked Bearcats scored on touchdowns on all five of their first-half possessions Saturday against Fordham to extend their winning streak to eight games, dating back to last season.  It is the nation’s third active winning streak. Alabama and Oregon are tied with 10.

Previous ranking: 3

 Up next: at Toledo at 7 p.m. Saturday

4. SYRACUSE (2-4, 1-1)

Skinny: The Orange committed four turnovers and had a field goal blocked in Saturday’s setback at Rutgers.  Despite that, Syracuse only lost by eight points on the road to the 19th-ranked team in the country.

Previous ranking: 4

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

5. TEMPLE (3-2, 2-0)

Skinny:  The Owls are no longer considered the league’s worst team. However, Temple still has a lot of work do before being considered a conference-title contender.

Previous ranking: 6

 Up next: vs. Rutgers at noon Saturday

6. PITTSBURGH (2-4, 0-3)

Skinny: The Panthers gave up six touchdowns to Louisville after allowing just two in their previous 12 quarters.  And the 45 points they allowed in the 10-point loss are the most points scored against the Panthers since a 45-44 setback to Cincinnati in the 2009 regular-season finale.

Previous ranking: 7

Up next: at Buffalo at 3:30 pm. Saturday

7. CONNECTICUT (3-4, 0-2)

Skinny:  The Huskies are on their first losing streak of the season after Saturday’s setback to Temple.  Don’t be surprised if their skid extends for at least another week.

Previous ranking: 5

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

8. SOUTH FLORIDA (2-4, 0-2)

Skinny:  With a bye last week, the Bulls received some extra time to prepare for an upcoming game with Louisville.  But that might not make difference for a team that has lost 10 of 11 conference games dating back to November 2010.

Previous ranking: 8

 Up next: at Louisville at 3:30 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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