Big East power rankings: Season finale

The regular season is over. Let's check the leaderboard.

1. Connecticut (8-4, 5-2 Big East): To the victor goes the spoils. The Huskies did everything they had to do, won the final five games and are on the way to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. They deserve this top spot.

2. West Virginia (9-3, 5-2): The Mountaineers might be the best team in the Big East. Key word: might. They didn't prove it on the field.

3. Pittsburgh (7-5, 5-2): If Pitt hangs a banner for its Big East co-championship, that banner should be mercilessly mocked. And yet, it's only the second co-championship the Panthers have ever won in this league.

4. South Florida (7-5, 3-4): Imagine how good this team would have been with any kind of consistent passing game. As the St. Petersburg Times' Greg Auman notes, the Bulls were the only team in the country to lose four games in which they held their opponent to less than 20 points.

5. Syracuse (7-4, 4-3): Started great, faded late. Still, it was one heck of a turnaround for the Orange, who are headed to Yankee Stadium.

6. Louisville (6-6, 3-4): It's not too bad to finish sixth in the Big East bowl pecking order. Would you rather spend December in Charlotte, Birmingham or St. Pete? The Cardinals should beat Southern Miss., too.

7. Cincinnati (4-8, 2-5): The Bearcats finished their season in a half-empty, snow-filled stadium when their mascot got kicked out by the cops. And they lost by 18 to Pitt. It was that kind of year.

8. Rutgers (4-8, 1-6): Big East 2010 in a nutshell: the Scarlet Knights were awful and lost their last six games. But their one conference victory was against the league's BCS representative, UConn.