Posted by Chip Patterson
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.
The Bearcats maintain their lead in the Big East and status as one of the conference's biggest surprises, after overcoming a 10-point third quarter deficit to defeat Pittsburgh 26-23 at Heinz Field on Saturday. Even when quarterback Zach Collaros got back to the INT-happy ways of 2010, and the Bearcats converted on only 2 of 13 third downs, Butch Jones' squad found a way to win. The defense forced two second-half turnovers that were turned into points, showing why Cincinnati ranks third nationally in turnover margin. There are still four games left on the schedule, but a win against West Virginia would put the Bearcats in a terrific position to lock up the Big East title down the stretch.
Others receiving votes: West Virginia hangs around in ballots from both polls, but receives the expected boot from the cumulative rankings. Rutgers collected a vote from the Coaches, but it is otherwise bleak in the Big East.
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