Big East power rankings: Week 14

1. West Virginia (8-3, 4-2): Do the Mountaineers control their own destiny? No. But they have more wins than any other team and own the best nonconference résumé -- Maryland might be headed to the Champs Sports Bowl, and West Virginia rolled the Terps.

2. Connecticut (7-4, 4-2): One more victory and UConn will earn the BCS bid and the top spot in these rankings for sure. The Huskies have won four in a row and apparently are making late-season surges their calling card.

3. Pittsburgh (6-5, 4-2): A tepid choice here for No. 3, as the Panthers can still win a share of the league title or even take it outright if UConn and West Virginia falter this week. But there's no question that Pitt has been a colossal disappointment, and it will likely be ticketed for a small stage in the postseason.

4. South Florida (7-4, 3-3): The Bulls have won four of their past five games, including Saturday's program-punctuating victory at Miami. If they could have found a way to beat Pittsburgh at home, they'd be right in the thick of the Big East title race. Instead, they'll have to settle for the role of spoilers while shooting for an eight-win regular season.

5. Syracuse (7-5, 4-3): The Orange are heading the opposite way, having dropped three of their final four to put a small damper on an otherwise jubilant season. They can go ahead and start making plans for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

6. Louisville (6-6, 3-4): The Cardinals punished Rutgers on Saturday and will go bowling for the first time in four seasons. That's all anyone could have asked of Charlie Strong in his first year on the job.

7. Cincinnati (4-7, 2-4): The Bearcats are staying home during the postseason for the first time since 2005. The defense, of course, was bad but the Bearcats managed to win shootouts a year ago. Why not this year? Try a turnover margin that is second worst among the 120 FBS teams.

8. Rutgers (4-7, 1-5): The Scarlet Knights are in a complete free fall, having lost five straight and not even being competitive in the past two. It could get even uglier this weekend in Morgantown.