2. Louisville (7-0, 2-0; LW: No. 1) -- If the Cardinals take care of business Friday night when hosting Cincinnati and Rutgers struggles with MAC opponent Kent State, they'll have the opportunity to retain the No. 1 Big East ranking. Next up: vs. Cincinnati, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
3. Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0; LW: No. 3) -- A tough loss to Toledo on the road won't affect the Bearcats' conference ranking, but they have to show a lot more against the Cardinals or a plunge is in store. Next up: at Louisville, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
4. Syracuse (3-4, 2-1; LW: No. 5) -- The Orange have a losing record, yet are still in the top four. That should pretty much sum up how good the Big East is. Next up: at South Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
5. Pittsburgh (3-4, 0-3; LW: No. 7) -- At this point, a win is a win for the Panthers. Beating Buffalo 20-6 isn't overly impressive, but it's a start after losing two in a row. Next up: vs. Temple, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).
6. Temple (3-3, 1-1; LW: No. 4) -- Allowing 35 second-half points is bad enough as it is, but doing it after leading by 10 at the break over a ranked opponent? Tough to swallow. Still, the Owls have shown some fight in their first season as a member of the conference, and deserve a higher ranking than the two below them. Next up: at Pittsburgh, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network).
7. Connecticut (3-5, 0-3; LW: No. 6) -- So much for the defense being the anchor. It allowed 40 points off 502 total yards to a Syracuse offense that has been extremely inconsistent this season. The Huskies have a good opportunity to turn things around with an extra week to prepare for USF. Next up: BYE
8. South Florida (2-5, 0-3; LW: No. 8) -- What's that smell? Is...is that a dumpster on fire? Next up: vs. Syracuse, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
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