Big East race update: Week 12

With three weeks left in the regular season, let us take a quick look at where the Big East race stands.

Rutgers (4-0)

  • Remaining games: at Cincinnati, at Pitt, Louisville.

  • Best-case scenario: If the Scarlet Knights win out, they win the Big East outright and a BCS berth. If they lose to Cincinnati but beat Pitt and Louisville, they would need Cincinnati to lose again to go to the BCS. If they beat Cincinnati and Louisville but lose to Pitt, they go to the BCS. Essentially, Rutgers cannot finish in a two-way tie with the Cardinals if it wants to go to the BCS.

Louisville (4-1)

  • Remaining games: UConn, at Rutgers

  • Best-case scenario: If Louisville wins out, it will earn a spot in the BCS. If Louisville finishes in a three-way tie with Rutgers and Cincinnati, the Cardinals would get the nod because they would be 2-0 against those two teams.

Cincinnati (3-1)

  • Remaining games: Rutgers, USF, at UConn.

  • Best-case scenario: First, Cincinnati needs to win out. Then it needs Louisville to lose again. Cincinnati loses a head-to-head tiebreaker with Louisville, and would most likely lose the tiebreaker if there is a three-way tie at the top.

Syracuse (4-2)

Remaining game: at Temple

  • Best-case scenario: The Orange need to beat the Owls; AND Rutgers to lose out; AND Louisville to lose to UConn; AND Cincinnati to lose to USF and UConn.