Posted by Chip Patterson
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big East fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
16/19. West Virginia
West Virginia utilized Saturday's 55-10 victory over Bowling Green as a chance to break in a running game that was absent in the loss to LSU a week ago. Freshman Dustin Garrison exploded for 291 yards, and the Mountaineers had more team rushing yards in Week 5 than they had totaled all season. If West Virginia can keep that ground game going in conference play, they will make it much more difficult for opposing defenses to prepare for Dana Holgorsen's high-powered attack.
Others receiving votes:Predictably, South Florida was dropped from both polls following their 44-17 loss to Pittsburgh on national television. The Bulls still collected a decent amount of votes and could still find themselves back in the polls with a few impressive conference wins. Cincinnati made their debut as a Big East vote-getter, after matching 2010's win total with their 4-1 start.
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