Monday, September 20, 2010

A look around the Big East

Another saturday has passed and Syracuse actually finds themselves in 3rd! place in the big east standings. That's good news for the cuse, but unfortunately its lousy news for the rest of the conference. This week's conference losers were cinci (30-19 loss at North Carolina State), uconn (30-16 loss at temple), and louisville (35-28 loss at oregon state). As for the victors, west virginia beat maryland 31-17 at home and our own Syracuse Orangemen beat up on Maine 38-14 in the dome. Where does that leave the conference?

1. West Virginia 3-0
2. Rutgirls 2-0
4. Pittsburgh 1-1
5. South Florida 1-1
6. Cincinnati 1-2
7. Connecticut 1-2
8. Louisville 1-2

This week the big east finds itself playing 3 marquee matchups. Pittsburgh starts us off hosting #19 Miami in a thursday night ESPN showdown. Saturday at 6pm on ESPN2 Cincinnati welcomes the #8 Oklahoma Sooners and following that game on the same channel West Virginia travels to #15 LSU. With the big east's poor non-conference showing to start the season this is a TREMENDOUS week of games if the conference wants to save any face at all this season. Win two of those games and we can show our faces at the water cooler monday.

What does this all mean for the Orangemen? It means that the big east this season is wide open! The conference has shown that it can be beat and Syracuse has to take advantage of this. Brian Kelly is out at cincinnati and they are looking like a beatable team. South Florida lost their head coach as well. We all know Louisville was the one team many "experts" picked to finish behind Syracuse in the conference standings this year. Connecticut has been beaten twice already. Is this the year syracuse finally beats Randy Edsall? I hope so.

If Syracuse wants to earn their first trip to a bowl game since 2004 these are the teams they are going to have to go through to get there!!


Biz tiff said...

I have a feeling it is going to be an ugly week for the big east...Pitt and cincy are severely outmatched. Wvu and lsu look comparable on paper but even Florida had tough times playing at death valley when they had the best team in the country. Good thing we play colgate!!!

Michael Isserlis said...

yeah people are upset we scheduled colgate, i'd rather beat colgate than get blown out by LSU this week!