Nov 3, 2012; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Andrell Smith (14) celebrates withwide receiver Jarrett Davis (88) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-US PRESSWIRE

ITLH Big East Power Rankings: Week 8

Every Tuesday, Inside the Loud House will release it’s Big East power rankings. Check back each week to see where teams have risen or fallen each week.

  1. Louisville: Louisville took care of business against Temple last week, and now head to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse on national television. If Louisville can take care of business and win this game, they could be looking at a showdown in the final week of the season for the Big East Championship against Rutgers. The Cardinals are 3 point favorites this weekend, and if they look ahead it is very possible for them to lose the game this weekend.
  2. Rutgers: Rutgers continues their cupcake non conference schedule this weekend against Army. A win would be Rutgers’ 8th victory of the season, with half of those victories coming in the non conference. The Scarlet Knights can silence this critic by running the table in the Big East and winning the conference title.
  3. Cincinnati: There is a lot of debate in Bearcat country if Munchie Leagux is the right answer for this team. Brendon Kay came in and looked impressive in leading the Bearcats down the field in a victory over Syracuse when Munchie nearly turned the ball over on consecutive possessions. One thing that isn’t debatable however, is the talent of running back George Winn. Winn had a career day against the Orange to snap the losing streak for Cincinnati, with touchdowns both on the ground and through the air. The Bearcats have an easy one against Temple this week before a showdown with Rutgers on November 17.
  4. Syracuse: The Orange found a way to beat itself once again last weekend in Cincinnati. Twelve penalties, a blocked field goal, and a missed kick doomed the Orange in a frustrating eleven point loss. The Orange have outperformed their team on offense in every single loss this season, but mistakes have made life difficult on the Syracuse defense because of such poor field position at times. The Orange need to win their game against Louisville this weekend to avoid making a game the following week at Missouri a must-win for a postseason birth.
  5. Pittsburgh: The Panthers almost pulled an upset of massive proportions last weekend at Notre Dame. The Panthers had a fourth quarter collapse before bowing out in four overtimes to the Irish, but all is not lost on the season. Pitt has two of their final three games that they should win, and that would put them in the postseason. The Panthers have Temple this week in what should be an easy game.
  6. South Florida: South Florida finally got in the win column once again, beating lowly Connecticut for their first Big East win. I decided not to drop them down lower in the rankings despite BJ Daniels’ broken ankle, but when your only above Temple and Connecticut that really isn’t much to boast about.
  7. Temple: Temple can really impress me with a good showing against Cincinnati this weekend. I have been reluctant to give the Owls much credit at all this season, but if they can win their game this weekend, they absolutely will have a chance at a bowl game with Army and Syracuse remaining on the schedule for the remainder of their season.
  8. Connecticut: The Huskies had their chance at earning a conference win last weekend against USF, and are now in trouble of going win less in the conference for the season. The Huskies have Pitt, Louisville, and Cincinnati left on the schedule, and they will be underdogs in all three. Should they lose all three, conventional wisdom would say that Paul Pasqualoni might be in trouble for his job down in Hartford at season’s end.

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