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Louisville Cardinals Leading Rejuvenated Big East

Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

Who says Big East Conference Football is dead? The Louisville Cardinals are leading the way for a Big East Conference that is alive and well on the gridiron. Three Big East Conference teams, all of whom are undefeated, find themselves ranked in this week’s Rant Sports Top 25.

The Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 20 following a 21-17 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in a soaked non-conference game in Hattiesburg. Louisville (5-0) also owns wins over the Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri State Bears, North Carolina Tar Heels and Florida International Golden Panthers.  Preseason Big East Conference favorite Louisville has this week off before visiting the Pittsburgh Panthers on Oct. 13 for a conference opener.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights occupy the No. 23 spot in this week’s poll. Rutgers (4-0) had last week off after claiming four straight wins. The Scarlet Knights have notched wins over non-conference Tulane, Howard, conference counterpart South Florida and Arkansas. Rutgers prevented Arkansas from returning to the win column on Sept. 22, defeating the Razorbacks 35-26. The Scarlet Knights will visit the Connecticut Huskies on Oct. 6.

The Cincinnati Bearcats, ranked 25th in this week’s poll, boast wins over conference foe Pittsburgh, Delaware State and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Setting the tone early in the Big East, Cincinnati dominated Pittsburgh in a season-opener, defeating the Panthers 34-10. Cincinnati (3-0) managed to edge visiting Virginia Tech 27-24 on Saturday.  The Bearcats will host the Miami Redhawks in an-state battle Oct. 6. Cincinnati has additional games on its schedule with the Fordham Rams (Oct. 13, home) and Toledo Rockets (Oct. 20, away) before it’ll visit Louisville on Oct. 26 for a Big East Conference showdown.

Connecticut is 3-2 through its first five games. Pittsburgh sits at .500 following a 2-2 start and the South Florida Bulls are 2-3.

The Temple Owls are 1-2 and Syracuse Orangemen 1-3.