What we learned in the Big East, Week 6

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

What we learned from Week 6 in the Big East:

1. West Virginia isn't going away quietly: The Mountaineers had issues in their first four games, mostly turnovers. But once Big East play started, they had a familiar look about them: dominating. West Virginia rolled past Syracuse as it played a mostly clean game. Assuming Bill Stewart's club can keep up that kind of discipline, the Mountaineers will challenge the winner of the South Florida/Cincinnati game for the Big East title.

2. Pitt's running game can be special: The Panthers rumbled for 221 yards on the ground against UConn, which statistically had one of the best rush defenses in the country. Dion Lewis and Ray Graham each averaged 6.6 yards per carry. Graham's emergence has made the running game even more formidable, as well as tremendous play by the offensive line, and Pitt sets up its play-action passing game off those runs. With Lewis and Graham just true freshmen, the Big East will have to deal with these guys for a long time.

3. UConn isn't over the hump: Every year, it seems, the Huskies fight for recognition and respect as something more than just a solid midlevel program. But collapses like the North Carolina game (up 10 in the fourth quarter) and Pittsburgh (up 15 late in the third) do nothing to change that image. Whether it's depth or a lack of an explosive offense, UConn just has trouble closing out games. Until it figures that out, this program won't make the jump to the next level.

4. Syracuse is a long way from rebuilt: The Orange have been a nice story early in the year with the effort they've given. But since Big East play has begun, Syracuse looks more like the old Syracuse. Saturday's loss to West Virginia was nearly as one-sided as the Rich Rodriguez/Greg Robinson routs. The great Greg Paulus experiment looks like it needs to go back to the lab for tweaking, and injuries have trimmed an already barebones roster. Doug Marrone still has plenty of rebuilding work ahead.

5. Louisville hasn't quit: Given all the rumors spinning around their head coach, the Cardinals had several opportunities to give up against Southern Miss. They trailed 16-7 at the half. They watched the Golden Eagles go back up 23-22 with 2:13 left. But Louisville came back with a game-winning field goal, proving that the players haven't quit on Steve Kragthorpe even if many fans have. It may not count for much in the end, but at least the Cardinals salvaged some pride this week.