This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big East fared from top to bottom, and what it means.
The Cardinals survived a rainy challenge down at FIU, a game that featured three touchdowns from Miami-native Teddy Bridgewater. But the 28-21 win failed to move the needle with the voters. The contest was not pretty on either side, and that combined with the lack of national television coverage likely led both voting bodies to leave Louisville close to its current position. Despite the three touchdowns, Bridgewater's 81.8% completion percentage took a hit after a 19-for-36 outing that included his first two interceptions of the season. The Cardinals have one last nonconference tuneup against Southern Miss in Week 5 before a bye week and their entire Big East conference schedule.
The Scarlet Knights make their 2012 debut in both Top 25 polls thanks to their nationally televised upset of Arkansas on Saturday. Rutgers was a popular upset pick with Tyler Wilson sidelined, but the starting quarterback returned and made no difference in the outcome. Arkansas' defense has not been up to "SEC standards," but there is still plenty of reason for fans to be encouraged by Gary Nova's 397 yards and five touchdowns against the Razorbacks. We knew that Rutgers would have one of the best defenses in the Big East -- possibly the nation -- before the season, but the gradual improvement of Nova and the offense over the first four games has been impressive. Jawan Jamison has made Nova's life easy with 100-plus rushing yards in every game this season, and carrying the ball 74 times in the last two games with Savon Huggins sidelined.
Others receiving votes: I don't feel bad tagging Cincinnati as an untested team, particularly because the Bearcats are the only FBS team that has played only two games. But their undefeated record and impressive opening performance still have them receiving votes in both polls. We will learn a lot more about this year's Cincinnati team this weekend when they face Virginia Tech in Landover, Md.
For more pollster breakdown, including specifics from the AP voting community, check out Bryan Fischer's Poll Attacks.
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