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Big East Poll Reactions, Week 11: Louisville tumbles after first loss

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big East fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.


20/18. Louisville

Louisville's last trip to the Carrier Dome for a conference game will stay with the Cardinals for a while, leaving fans with some "what if's" following the team's first loss. Syracuse knocked Louisville on its heels early, jumping out to a 31-10 lead in the first half. The Cardinals lost Senorise Perry to an injury, and the running attack could not rebound. Credit Syracuse for making the Cardinals one-dimensional. Teddy Bridgewater normally has the advantage of two potential 100-yard rushers in the backfield to take away pressure and open up the field. But with Perry down and a large Louisville deficit, the Orange took control and never gave it up. One week ago, the Cardinals were celebrating the first 9-0 start in school history. Now they readjust their focus on a Big East title, likely needing to win out in order to earn a BCS bowl bid.

22/20. Rutgers

It was not a very patriotic way to win, but Rutgers escaped thanks to several Army miscues. The Black Knights fumbled three times -- twice in the red zone -- and had two field goals blocked in a game that was tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Gary Nova threw an interception but was otherwise efficient in a game mucked up and slowed down by Army's bruising option attack. In a weekend that saw several teams fall, Rutgers had the survive-and-advance win that they failed to pull out against Kent State two weeks earlier. With Louisville's loss, the Scarlet Knights have a little wiggle room before facing the Cardinals on Nov. 29 with the Big East title likely on the line. Rutgers has never won a Big East title and never has been to a BCS bowl. Both program firsts will be on the line in the next three weeks.

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati made its way back on to a few ballots in both polls after handily moving past Temple on Saturday. Quarterback Brendon Kay appears to be the new man under center for the Bearcats, throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns while adding 71 rushing yards and even registering a reception thanks to catching his own deflected pass. Munchie Legaux did not see any action in the win -- he was benched after throwing six interceptions in the last three games. Cincinnati will have its shot at Rutgers next Saturday, hoping to force a three-way tie at the top of the standings with the Scarlet Knights and Louisville.

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