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Big East poll reactions, Week 6

Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:30 pm
 
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.

(AP/Coaches)

13/16. West Virginia

West Virginia got off to a slow start before riding a 33-point second half to a 43-16 beatdown of Connecticut in their Big East conference opener.  The Mountaineers are off to a 5-1 start under first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen, and should feel good heading into their off week with only a loss to top-ranked LSU.  The Mountaineers will return to action in two weeks against Syracuse, and finish the season with five straight conference games.  

Holgorsen referred to Big East play as "the second season," and that's the way the schedule sets it up for the only ranked team in the league.  As West Virginia found out in 2010, ranking does not hold any weight in the second season.  Despite a national ranking, two conference losses had the Mountaineers playing in the Champs Sports Bowl in December.  It was unranked Connecticut that earned the Fiesta Bowl bid with their play in the "second season."   


Others receiving votes:South Florida and Cincinnati make their second straight appearance as vote-getters, both falling short of the Top 25 once again.  The Bulls and the Bearcats were off in Week 6 and will try to capitalize on what little voter attention they have left with conference matchups ahead in Week 7.  

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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Big East poll reactions, Week 6

For the record, Rutgers received a handfull of votes in the coaches poll this week and assuming they beat Navy at home at Louisville on the road MIGHT be ranked in time for the WVU game.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Big East poll reactions, Week 6

Hard to get votes when BE teams schedule weaker out-of-conference games.  WVU had Bowling Green and Norfolk State, but also played with LSU.

Once again (just like the last time teams ran to the ACC), its up to WVU to be the highest profile BE team.

Come on USF, Rutgers, CIN, UCONN - how about a little help?

'Cuse ?  Pitt?  Why even bother, just go ahead and leave.


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