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.
ORV/23. West Virginia
West Virginia had Week 12 off, but things still went the Mountaineers' way over the weekend. With Cincinnati's loss to Rutgers, it ensures the opportunity for a 2-loss Big East team to earn a share of the title. The next challenge for West Virginia will be winning out and getting one Louisville loss to avoid missing a BCS bowl game based on a tiebreaker. Unfortunately none of the Big East tiebreakers involve rankings, much less in the Coaches' Poll, so this love from the voters does little for their big picture goals.
Others receiving votes: Rutgers finds themselves right on the edge of the rankings once again after knocking Cincinnati from the top spot in the conference standings. Seems as though the national voters are not as thrilled with the excitement down the stretch in the Big East.
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