Big East Football: Conference Wide Open After Rutgers Beats Cincinnati

By Alex Callos

Rutgers (8-3, 4-2) jumped to the top of the Big East standings after knocking off Cincinnati (7-3, 3-2) 20-3 Saturday, giving the Big East five two-loss teams once again.

The Scarlet Knights and Louisville however, are the only teams with four wins and are currently tied for first place. That does not mean they are in the driver’s seat, however.

There is still a jumble at the top, with Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh all having two losses.

Louisville knocked off Connecticut today 34-20 to give the Huskies three conference losses and virtually eliminate them from Big East title contention.

That leaves five teams with a shot. With Pittsburgh and West Virginia set to play next week, the loser will drop out of the race, meaning there will be no more than four teams tied atop at season’s end.

The tiebreaker could be more confusing than worth discussing, but will likely come down to the highest BCS ranking.

At this point, it is too early to tell who that will be, but odds are that if West Virginia wins their remaining two games, they would likely be the team to get the nod, having played a tougher out of conference schedule than the other teams in the Big East.

Cincinnati would need to win out and hope for a Rutgers loss to Connecticut and a West Virginia loss to Pittsburgh, then they would be the team to go.

Rutgers would need a loss by West Virginia and Louisville.

Louisville  would get in with a Rutgers loss to Connecticut and a Cincinnati loss down the stretch.

Needless to say, it is going to get interesting in the next few weeks with a BCS berth on the line.

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