Rutgers moves ahead of Louisville in BCS

Rutgers jumped four spots to No. 18 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night, moving ahead of Louisville as the top-ranked team from the Big East.

The Cardinals dropped two spots to No. 20 without playing a down last week. Their drop can be explained by looking at the computer averages. Though Louisville (9-1) is ranked higher than Rutgers (9-1) in both the Harris and coaches' polls, its computer average is 26. Louisville is not receiving a ranking in four of the six computer polls that are used in the calculations.

Rutgers surely received a bump in the computers this week after beating Cincinnati (7-3). Last week, the Scarlet Knights were not ranked in three computer polls used in the compilations; this week, they were not ranked in just one, and their computer average was 21. It also helps that their only loss came to a Kent State team that is now ranked No. 23 in the newest BCS standings.

Of course, all of this will end up being moot by Nov. 29, when Louisville and Rutgers are scheduled to end the regular season in New Jersey. Rutgers can clinch at least a share of the Big East title with a win over Pitt this Saturday; Louisville has to beat UConn to keep its BCS hopes alive. If the Cardinals do that, it doesn't matter if Rutgers wins or loses this week -- the regular-season finale will be for all the BCS marbles.