1. Louisville (8-0, 3-0 Big East; LW: No. 2) -- Rutgers' surprising loss to Kent State makes the Big East Louisville's to lose. The Cards are in sole possession of first place and control their BCS destiny. Next up: vs. Temple, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
2. Rutgers (7-1, 4-0; LW: No. 1) -- Quarterback Gary Nova threw six interceptions against a Kent State secondary that ranks in the lower quartile of the MAC. We knew Rutgers had some issues with the passing game, but man, that's not how anyone expected it to lose its first game. Next up: BYE
3. Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1; LW: No. 3) -- The Bearcats have lost two straight but still don't drop in the rankings. Their losses have come by a total of nine points (including OT) against quality opponents on the road. Next up: vs. Syracuse, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).
4. Pittsburgh (4-4, 1-3; LW: No. 5) -- Pittsburgh is on a two-game winning streak after its impressive 47-17 win over Temple. It will head into South Bend with a conference win under its belt, but this still has to be an uneasy feeling. Next up: at Notre Dame, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC).
5. Syracuse (4-4, 3-1; LW: No. 4) -- Ryan Nassib had to orchestrate a massive comeback — including a go-ahead touchdown pass with three seconds left — in order to beat the last-place Bulls. Syracuse was down 23-3 at the half. Next up: at Cincinnati, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).
6. Temple (3-4, 2-2; LW: No. 6) -- Temple lost to Pittsburgh by 30. There's no getting around that. But they've beaten UConn and USF already, so they don't have anywhere to fall. Next up: at Louisville, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
7. Connecticut (3-5, 0-3; LW: No. 7) -- Coming off a bye week, the Huskies prepare for USF in a battle for last place. Next up: at South Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
8. South Florida (2-6, 0-4; LW: No. 8) -- The Bulls relinquished a 20-point halftime lead to Syracuse. This team is bad, plain and simple. Skip Holtz's new contract should be re-evaluated. Next up: vs. Connecticut, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
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