Lunchtime links: Stewart says no rankings, please

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

West Virginia is on top the Big East and is back in the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 20. That does not please coach Bill Stewart, Chuck Finder notes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't want to hear anything about" a return to the rankings, Stewart said. "That's where all our trouble started. That's the worst thing that can happen to Mountaineer football right now. I'd tell every pollster, 'Wait until Game 12, and then you can rank us.'"

  • Pat Bostick's numbers might not have been impressive, but the sophomore quarterback proved he was a winner by guiding Pitt to victory at Notre Dame, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. LeSean McCoy keeps adding to his legacy, Kevin Gorman says in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  • Juniors Robert McClain and Terry Baltimore and freshman Gary Wilburn will be counted on to replace injured Darius Butler for UConn, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant. And could Tyler Lorenzen be back after the bye week?

  • Syracuse overcame its fourth-quarter collapses and deserves some adulation, Dave Rahme writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

  • The Courier-Journal's Eric Crawford has this line in today's column:

"In its second straight loss to Syracuse, the University of Louisville fell to a program that, if The New York Times is to be believed, is already looking for a new coach. It's hard to believe they wouldn't give U of L's Steve Kragthorpe a call. The past two years, he's attended more Syracuse victories than 95 percent of the Orange fan base."

  • Rutgers has had four recruits back out of commitments this fall. But, as Brendan Prunty writes in The Star-Ledger, that's standard operating procedure.