Major changes in the Big East power rankings after four weeks.
1. Rutgers (4-0). The Scarlet Knights have the most impressive wins of any team in the conference. While USF and Arkansas may not be as strong as we thought they would be headed into the year, they are two very talented teams. Rutgers deserves major credit for winning three road games -- including the one against the Razorbacks. I count the victories over USF and Arkansas as two quality wins, and that gives them the boost ahead of preseason favorite Louisville this week.
2. Louisville (4-0). At this point, I think an argument could be made to put Louisville or Cincinnati in the No. 1 spot. The difference between the three are about as wide as a nose hair. Now that I have given you that imagery, I have Louisville with one quality win, against North Carolina. Sorry, folks, Kentucky is way worse than Arkansas and that game was at home. The Cards have looked shaky the past two weeks, hence the drop.
3. Cincinnati (2-0). We will know way more about the Bearcats after their game Saturday against Virginia Tech. We just do not have as much of a body of work to judge this team because they have played only twice -- a great win over Pitt, and a sloppy win over an FCS team. Stay tuned.
4. Pitt (2-2). Who would have thought two weeks ago that the No. 8 team in the power rankings would jump into the top half? Not me. The Panthers appear to be on the comeback trail with two straight wins and have looked way better of late than the group down below.
5. UConn (2-2). Seriously, the bottom four teams have a lot of explaining to do, and a lot of improving to do if they want to jump into the top four spots. The Huskies looked terrible in their loss to Western Michigan, but they do have a win over a team from an automatic qualifying conference (Maryland). That gives them the edge in the rankings over the bottom three.
6. USF (2-2). The Bulls have a victory over an FCS team and a last-second win over Nevada. They have not looked impressive at any point during the season, and have got to be the biggest disappointment in the Big East through the first four weeks of the season. They would be ranked lower if not for Temple and Syracuse, who have played worse.
7. Syracuse (1-3). At one point, I called Syracuse the best 0-2 team in America. At this point, they are pretty much a team deserving of its record, after an uninspired performance in a loss to Minnesota.
8. Temple (1-2). The Owls took Penn State to the wire last year and nearly won. This year, they were not even competitive against a team not nearly as good as last year's version. Their only win is over FCS Villanova.