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Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:28 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 4:19 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Heading into Week 13 Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh were all in contention for a share of the Big East title and a possible BCS bowl bid. With Friday's action in the books, we reset the title race looking at the rest of the schedule.

Louisville (7-5, 5-2 conference)
Week 13 result: 34-24 win at South Florida. Claim share of Big East title
Week 14 opponent: None
Needs for BCS bid: A Cincinnati loss to Connecticut in Week 14.
Outlook: The Cardinals are the one team in the race who have done everything on their end. The Cardinals could have clinched the BCS bid with a Cincinnati loss to Syracuse, but now they become huge UConn fans for next Saturday.  Louisville owns the head-to-head against West Virginia, but would lose in a head-to-head or three-way tie involving Cincinnati.

Rutgers (8-4, 4-3 conference)
Week 13 opponent: 40-22 loss at Connecticut
Week 14 opponent: None
Needs for BCS bid: Out of the race.
Outlook: Friday's Louisville win cemented 5-2 as the mark needed to be in BCS contention.  With the loss, the Scarlet Knights will prepare for another bowl invitation.

Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2 conference)
Week 13 opponent: 30-13 win at Syracuse 
Week 14 opponent: vs Connecticut, Dec. 3 12:00 p.m. ET
Needs for BCS bid: Win at home against Connecticut, West Virignia loss to South Florida on Thursday.
Outlook: The Bearcats had the most work left to do, and things looked bleak without Zach Collaros.  But Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen worked a two-quarterback rotation into a nice offensive rhythm in the second half.  The Bearcats will also be paying attention to the BCS standings in case of a three-way tie at 5-2.

West Virginia (8-3, 4-2 conference)
Week 13 result: 21-20 win vs West Virginia
Week 14 opponent: at South Florida, Thursday 8:00 p.m. ET
Needs for BCS bid: The Mountaineers would lose a tiebreaker with Louisville, so the best case scenario involves a three-way tie with Louisville and Cincinnati.  The hope for Mountaineers' fans being a higher BCS ranking thanks to a tougher schedule.
Outlook: Cincinnati looking sharp in the second half is promising for West Virignia, who is hoping for a three-way tie.  The Mountaineers should get some help from the computers thanks to a tougher non-conference schedule, but they still need to beat a tough USF squad in Tampa. 

Pittsburgh (5-6, 3-3 conference)
Week 13 Result: 21-20 loss at West Virginia
Week 14 opponent: vs Syracuse, 12:00 p.m. ET
Needs for BCS bid: Out of the race.
Outlook: With the 21-20 loss to West Virginia on Friday night, the Panthers were eliminated from the Big East title race.  



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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:46 am
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

 

I think the point is that Louisville has set the bar for what the bearcats and mountaineers must achieve.  In reality (BCS reality) WVA is in the driver’s seat in that if there is a three way tie at the end of the day on Saturday the Mountaineers, not the Bearcats or the Cardinals will receive the BCS bid. Any real Bearcat fan on Thursday will be Bulls fan pulling for a Mountaineer lose, then and only then will the Bearcats be in control of their destiny.




Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:35 am
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Cincy is really the controlling factor in all this, but hope my Cards get to the Orange Bowl Cool



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Cincinnati opens up as a 9.5 point favorite on Senior Day at home against UConn. UL can't go anywhere if UC wins. What kind of logic is CBSSports using to call Louisville as being in the driver's seat? I know anything can happen, but how do get to the driver's seat with odds against you like that?



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:33 am
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

It is awesome to show what coaching is all about, tough decisions, appropriate assessment and most of all motivating young men to challenge themselves and trust their coaches.  However, the coaches can only do so much to change the climate at their institutions that impact both the fans and the students. The board of trustees and school leaders set the example and it is difficult to trust your leaders when their leadership disavows commitments(WVA) or say one thing and does another (Syracuse and Pittsburgh). Transparency on top leads to faith and belief on the field.  According to the August gurus, Rutgers and Louisville would be fighting for the bottom -they were until yesterday fighting for the top stop.  While WVA is still in the hunt (if the BCS is kind to them) both Syracuse and Pittsburgh are playing their own version of a play in game to see which team will have 6 wins and which one will not, this weekend.  Now that is karma!




Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:22 am
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Isn't it awesome how Louisville, who sits in the drivers seat of the Big East, lost to FIU?



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:54 am
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Honestly, how dumb does the ACC look in getting Syracuse and Pitt for football? They'll weaken an already weak conference. You think the Big 12 got stronger with W.Virginia? They'll be lucky to win 2 games in that conference.

The Big East gets stronger with their absence and the addition of Boise State, Houston, C.Florida, Airforce, SMU and Navy. All of those teams are better than Pitt and Syracuse. The first 2 are better than W.Virginia and the others are fairly close. If they get BYU aboard, they'll be better than the ACC.

Now basketball is another story. Syracuse and Pitt will be missed.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Big East Race Update: Louisville in driver's seat

Sort of unreal to see Cards sitting so high up with a chance to take it now.  I've been praising the crap outa Strong since he first came into town and I think I might keep it up.  He has done a complete turn around with the teams mentality and it really shows on the field.


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