Big East Power Rankings, Week 7

1. West Virginia (4-1): As LSU keeps finding ways to win, the Mountaineers' season looks even better. They're back in the Top 25 this week and firmly entrenched at the top of this poll (at least until Thursday night).

2. Syracuse (4-1, 1-0 Big East): Yes, Syracuse. I don't really believe the Orange are the second-best team in the league. At least I don't think I believe that. But they've already got a road victory in league play and deserve a chance to prove they belong here.

3. Cincinnati (2-3): The record isn't much to talk about, but I see strong signs that the Bearcats have righted the ship, and I think they're going to be dangerous the rest of the year.

4. Rutgers (3-2, 1-0): The Scarlet Knights go from eighth to fourth in one week thanks to the win against Connecticut last Friday. There is reason to be encouraged by the offensive improvement and the way Chas Dodd played at quarterback. And if nothing else, Rutgers is tied for first place in the conference standings.

5. Connecticut (3-3, 0-1): Oh, UConn, what to do with you? You look great for a game and a half, take a lead into halftime at Rutgers and then crawl into a fetal position. Maybe the Scarlet Knights just have your number. Or maybe you're just not very good.

6. Louisville (3-2): The Cardinals climb another spot after dismantling Memphis 56-0. To be accurate, Memphis would have a hard time beating a decent FCS team. But to be fair, Steve Kragthorpe's Cards could not beat anyone 56-0. Charlie Strong has this team playing with a lot of confidence.

7. South Florida (3-2, 0-1): You lose to Syracuse at home, even an improved Syracuse, and you're going to plummet in the rankings. Remember, the Bulls' victories have come against Stony Brook, winless Western Kentucky and 1-4 Florida Atlantic. Blah.

8. Pittsburgh (2-3): Yes, Pittsburgh. I don't really believe the Panthers are the worst team in the league. At least I don't think I believe that. But until they beat somebody, anybody of substance, they deserve to go here.