So who is the best team in the Big East?
Is it Rutgers, ranked No. 15 in the latest BCS standings?
Or is it Louisville, ranked right behind at No. 16?
The time has come for you to vote, my friends. Those of you who have followed the power rankings every Monday know that I have been flip flopping back and forth between the two schools, depending on their performances each week. Headed into Week 9, I have Rutgers No. 1 in the Big East power rankings. Last week, I had Louisville No. 1.
I will make a case for both, then leave the voting to you.
Making the case for Rutgers: First and foremost, the Scarlet Knights are the highest-ranked team in the BCS standings, thanks to their superior computer average. A big reason why the computers like Rutgers more is because the Scarlet Knights have a win over Arkansas on their resume. Arkansas may only be 3-4 and one of the bigger disappointments in the country right now, but I contend that win is better than any Louisville has to this point. Both teams have beaten USF. Rutgers went on the road and won 23-13 while Louisville needed a come-from-behind drive with 1:35 left to win 27-25. That was the third game this season Louisville needed a second-half rally to win. Statistically speaking, Rutgers has the much better defense, ranking No. 3 in the nation in rushing defense and No. 2 in the Big East in total defense. Rutgers is outscoring opponents on average, 26-11. And of course, the Scarlet Knights have one of the best defensive players in the league in Khaseem Greene.
Making the case for Louisville: First and foremost, Louisville has the higher ranking in the AP poll, the Harris poll and the coaches poll, meaning those who have presumably seen the Cardinals play have determined they look like the better team with their own two eyes (note the use of the word "presumably.") Between the two, Louisville is the only one with a victory over a team with a winning record (North Carolina at 5-3). The Cardinals also have the better offense and the better quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater was just named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, and has been pretty stellar all season with his decision making. Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright form a nice 1-2 combination, and the offensive line has played well all season. Yes, the Cardinals have been in some close games, but they have found ways to win those close games. They have already been tested, and that should serve them well as the year goes on.