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Big East Football: Week Eight

I thought I had you figured out, Big East football:

West Virginia was clearly the tops.

Then Louisville follows.

Then the big pack of Rutgers, Connecticut and Pittsburgh.

Then the Bulls of South Florida and the Bearcats of Cincinnati.

And, of course, sobbing in the rear, the Syracuse Orange.

Then Week Seven happens and everything gets blown to smithereens.

Cincinnati takes Connecticut behind the woodshed for a classic whooping complete with broken Huskies and shattered dreams. Louisville manages to piss away their best opportunity at getting back into the Big East Conference race, choosing instead to blow a comfortable lead and take its place somewhere in Syracuse's basement locale. Even Rutgers and Pittsburgh, two teams that needed to answer some question marks did so, but their place within the conference structure is even more muddled.

The teams may be pretty mediocre, but the games still have lots of juice.

Big East Football: Week Eight
10.22.05Rutgers v. ConnecticutEast Hartford, CTMSG/NESN12:00 PM
Louisville v. CincinnatiCincinnati, OHESPNU12:00 PM
Syracuse v. PittsburghPittsburgh, PAERT12:00 PM
West Virginia v. South FloridaTampa, FLESPNU/WFTS7:00 PM

Reasonable Out Of Conference BE Record (Week 8): 0-0
Optimistic Out Of Conference BE Record (Week 8): 0-0
Pessimistic Out of Conference BE Record (Week 8): 0-0

[Game of the Week]
I really want to tab Syracuse v. Pittsburgh as the game of the week. I really do. But I just can't do it. If I did, I'd probably have to pull up some sidewalk and do a number on a pack of tissues like my little friend above.

Instead, I'm going with Rutgers and Connecticut. The middle of the conference is in dire need of some definition. As it stands right now, slots two through six in the standings are up for grabs, and a game such as this provides great context as to who is in the driver's seat for a bowl invite.

Too bad only a small portion of those stations receiving the Big East football package will get to see this game.

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