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Big East power rankings, Week 4: Bulls still the best

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
1. South Florida (3-0): I now have little doubt that the Bulls are the Big East's best team. The question is: can they be the most consistent?

2. Connecticut (3-0): The Huskies should be 4-0 heading into their conference opener at Louisville. Will that be enough for them to crack the Top 25?

3. West Virginia (1-1): The Mountaineers will have had almost two weeks to fix their problems before taking on Colorado on Thursday night in Boulder. This is a good time for Bill Stewart and his staff to show what they're made of.

4. Cincinnati (1-1): Normally one of the most open coaches around, Brian Kelly closed practice last week as he tried to prepare his team to deal without injured quarterback Dustin Grutza. With the next four games coming against Miami (Ohio), Akron, Marshall and struggling Rutgers, the Bearcats should manage just fine.

5. Pittsburgh (1-1): The Panthers' opening loss to Bowling Green looks even worse now that the Falcons followed that up with double-digit defeats at the hands of Minnesota and Boise State. If Pitt doesn't come out with a strong effort against Iowa, all the hopes for a breakthrough season will be officially forgotten.

6. Louisville (1-1): Wednesday's game against Kansas State is critical for the Cardinals, who already lost their first swing game against an FBS team in the opener against Kentucky. Louisville can't leave too many victories on the table and still hope to go bowling this year.

7. Rutgers (0-2): There's nothing really to like about what Rutgers has done the first two games. The Scarlet Knights have two softies coming up in Navy and Morgan State. They'd better find some answers before opening Big East play in Morgantown Oct. 4.

8. Syracuse (0-3): Only because there's no place lower than No. 8 to put the Orange.