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Big East BCS busters

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Another top 25 team is in action tonight with the unbeaten Louisville Cardinals hosting Cincinnati.  The Big East has been on the BCS back burner since South Florida climbed as high as number two in the country midway through the 2007 season.  But with Louisville and also unbeaten Rutgers stacking up wins the Big East is no longer the laughingstock it was the last few years.


In the most recent BCS standings Rutgers is ranked 15th while Louisville is 16th.  It may seem that the prospects are bleak for either team to get into the national championship race but remember, there are a number of games between teams ranked in the top 14.  Just this weekend alone there's Alabama-Mississippi State, Kansas State-Texas Tech, Notre Dame-Oklahoma and Florida-Georgia.  Then next week there's Alabama-LSU and Oregon-USC.  Then there's Florida-Florida State and Oregon-Oregon State later in November.  The ranks get pretty thin over the next two weeks and thinner still as the season wears on.  That gives both Rutgers and Louisville plenty of opportunity to get into the top 10.


Now consider this: the two teams aren't scheduled to meet until Thursday, November 29, which is the final weekend of the season.  If both teams are still unbeaten that game will have some impact on the final BCS standings as higher profile conferences like the SEC and the Pac 12 have their respective title games.  By the time the dust settles it's conceivable that the Rutgers-Louisville winner will be the lone unbeaten team in the nation.  If that's the case the Big East just might end up crashing the BCS party.

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