2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Big East Rankings

Big East Power Rankings: No Changes for Week 8

10/17/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Louisville (6-0, 1-0 Big East; LW: No. 1) -- The Cardinals keep their No. 1 overall ranking thanks to the conference's best — and most complete — offensive unit. Led by Teddy Bridgewater under center, Louisville will continue to shred Big East defenses with its well-balanced attack. Next up: vs. South Florida, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

2. Rutgers (6-0, 3-0; LW: No. 2) -- Rutgers may be sitting in this spot for quite some time. That is until Week 14, at least, when it hosts Louisville in what will likely be the battle for the Big East. Next up: at Temple, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).

3. Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0; LW: No. 3) -- We thought that the Virginia Tech win was bigger than it actually was, so it's hard to predict what kind of team the Bearcats are at this point. Their wins come from opponents with a combined record of 16-17, which include two FCS schools. They should be tested this weekend. Next up: at Toledo, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

4. Temple (3-2, 2-0; LW: No. 4) -- Former Boston College running back Montel Harris ran for 142 yards off 30 carries in Temple's 17-14 overtime win at Connecticut last Saturday. As long as he's producing like that, the Owls will continue to be competitive. Next up: vs. Rutgers, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).

5. Syracuse (2-4, 1-1; LW: No. 5) -- The Orange held their own against undefeated Rutgers, but could have had a chance to pull off the upset if it weren't for sloppy special teams play and the inability to hold onto the ball (four turnovers). Next up: vs. Connecticut, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).

6. Connecticut (3-4, 0-2; LW: No. 6) -- There's not much a defense can do with its offense ranks 115th in the nation with 100.1 rushing yards per game and 111th in overall points scored (19.0). Next up: at Syracuse, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).

7. Pittsburgh (2-4, 0-3; LW: No. 7) -- Hey, at least the Panthers play Buffalo this weekend. They'll get back on track there, right? Next up: at Buffalo, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big East Network).

8. South Florida (2-4, 0-2; LW: No. 8) -- A week off won't save the Bulls from starting the season 2-5 for the first time since their football program started in 1997 as an FCS school. Next up: at Louisville, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC). 

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