Last week's ranking is the first number in parentheses, but you could have figured that out...most of you.
1. South Florida (1) (5-0, 2-0)
Last Week: Beat Florida Atlantic 35-23
This Week: vs. Central Florida
Doesn't matter if it's West Virginia, Auburn, Elon or Florida Atlantic, South Florida is going to beat you by just about the same margin...unless you're North Carolina.
2. West Virginia (2) (5-1, 1-1)
Last Week: Beat Syracuse 55-14
This Week: Off
I think Jarrett Brown is swell (but not neato), and I'm forever indebted to him for the Rutgers game last year, but West Virginia doesn't finish 6-0 without a healthy Pat White.
3. Cincinnati (3) (6-0, 1-0)
Last Week: Beat Rutgers 28-23
This Week: vs. Louisville
Had to change pants approximately five times over the course of watching them beat Rutgers on Saturday. Also, did anyone else see Ben Mauk doing the mock chop to the crowd after the game? Totally classless and yet so totally awesome at the same time because of the fans he was doing it to.
4. Rutgers (4) (3-2, 0-1)
Last Week: Lost to Cincinnati 28-23
This Week: at Syracuse
What the hell is up with teams laying eggs in revenge games at home this year? It's unreal. I was going to say that Mike Teel threw the ball way too much (38 attempts) until I saw that Ray Rice had 34 carries, which begs the question: did they play like six quarters without anyone noticing?
5. Connecticut (6) (5-0, 1-0)
Last Week: Off
This Week: At Virginia
Only upward mover of the week didn't play over the weekend.
6. Louisville (5) (3-3, 0-1)
Last Week: Lost to Utah 44-35
This Week: At Cincinnati
You guys see Cincinnati up there? Well I think we all just have to understand that any program is going to go through a tough time when a new coach is brought in, regardless of how talented the players he's inheriting are. But if we're patient and give this regime a chance, maybe, just maybe we'll see some of the same success that Bearcat fans are enjoying with their veteran coach.
7. Pittsburgh (7) (2-3, 0-1)
Last Week: Off
This Week: vs. Navy
Bill Stull is praying that his thumb is healthy enough to play against Louisville.
8. Syracuse (8) (1-5, 1-1)
Last Week: Lost to West Virginia 55-14
This Week: vs. Rutgers
On the plus side, Otto is the new president of The Octonion.