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Big East Power Poll: Week Nine

Again, not much movement, but this weekend's three league games is as close to a full slate as we've seen.

1. Pittsburgh (1) (5-1, 2-0)

Last Week: Beat Navy (42-21)

This Week: vs Rutgers

The Midshipmen aren't exactly world-beaters, but they're good enough to make Pitt doubling them up a statement victory. The Panthers are officially the squad to beat in the Big East.

2. South Florida (2) (6-1, 1-1)

Last Week: Beat Syracuse (45-13)

This Week: At Louisville

The Bulls have never won inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, a trend that needs to be discontinued if they want to continue entertaining realistic BCS dreams.

3. Cincinnati (4) (5-1, 1-0)

Last Week: Off

This Week: At Connecticut

UC needs Tony Pike to get back into the groove immediately in order to establish themselves as serious title contenders.

4. West Virginia (5) (4-2, 2-0)

Last Week: Off

This Week: vs. Auburn

The game's going to end up having about half the hype most people anticipated before the season, but a win over Auburn on national television would still be huge for the reputation of both the Big East and West Virginia football.

5. Connecticut (3) (5-2, 1-1)

Last Week: Lost to Rutgers (12-10)

This Week: vs. Cincinnati

If you would have told me before the weekend that the final score of the UConn/Rutgers game was going to be 12-10, I would have bet my right pinky nail that the Huskies would be the victors.

6. Louisville (6) (4-2, 0-1)

Last Week: Beat Middle Tennessee (42-23)

This Week: vs. South Florida

The Cards again took care of a non-conference opponent in fairly unsightly fashion, but it's almost assuredly going to take a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football to notch their first league win on Saturday.

7. Rutgers (7) (2-5, 1-2)

Last Week: Beat Connecticut (12-10)

This Week: At Pittsburgh

I didn't watch, but I can only imagine it was every bit as disgusting as it appeared on the bottom line. 

  8. Syracuse (8) (1-6, 0-3)

Last Week: Lost to South Florida (45-13)

This Week: Off

I hear Devendorf is looking healthy and Mookie Jones is even better than a lot of people had anticipated.