Wonder if Connecticut coach Randy Edsall received flowers from other Big East coaches over the weekend?
UConn's 30-28 upset of Pittsburgh on Thursday night brought the Panthers back to the pack and gave new hope to the rest of the league. Pitt still has a one-game lead in the standings at 3-1, but four other teams sit just a game back in the loss column. And Pitt has difficult games in the next two weeks, first at South Florida and then at home against West Virginia.
While lots of things can still happen, here is a scenario for each of the top contenders that would give them the BCS bid:
Just win, baby. Pitt will take the title if it wins its final three games. The Panthers don't want this to come down to tiebreakers.
The Orange could be in the clubhouse with a 5-2 record if they beat UConn at home Saturday. They win the league title if they tie at 5-2 with South Florida and/or West Virginia at the top of the standings. If there's a multi-way tie that comes down to BCS standings, Syracuse is in good shape as the highest ranked team in the Big East this week.
South Florida (3-2)
The Bulls can move into a tie for first place by beating Pitt this week. They would lose head-to-head tiebreakers with Syracuse and West Virginia, so they need the Orange to lose to Connecticut and WVU to lose one of its final three games.
West Virginia (2-2)
The Mountaineers can knock off Pitt in two weeks, but they lose head-to-head tiebreakers with Syracuse and UConn. They need to root for South Florida, whom they beat earlier this year, to win out and for Syracuse to lose to UConn.
The good news for the Huskies is that their first two league losses, to Rutgers and Louisville, might not have any bearing on the tiebreaker scenarios. If they win out and Pittsburgh loses a game, that means they'd own the head-to-head edge with Pitt, WVU, Syracuse and USF, and they would be champs in any 5-2 tie.