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.
11/14. West Virginia
Not a bad week for West Virginia, who saw a rise in both polls despite having the week off. As teams begin to stumble in conference play, the Mountaineers will continue to rise as one of the most impressive 1-loss teams. If they continue to ride the gas pedal against the rest of the Big East conference slate, the Mountaineers could continue to rise and break into the top ten.
However, Dana Holgorsen's squad really does not have much to gain from the pollsters from here on out. The best possible finish for the Mountaineers in 2011 is likely a Big East title and BCS bowl win. Their focus has shifted from the national scene to the six conference match ups left on the schedule. Keep winning and West Virginia will have an opportunity to achieve all of their goals. Any slip ups along the way, and things could get interesting.
Others receiving votes:Cincinnati and Rutgers, both 5-1 overall and undefeated in conference play, saw some attention from the Coaches and Associated Press voters. The Scarlet Knights put together an impressive comeback against Navy this past weekend, while the Bearcats outlasted the youthful (and sloppy) Louisville Cardinals. Rutgers is probably the surprise of the conference this season, with freshman quarterback Gary Nova taking over for Chas Dodd. They will face a tough challenge on Friday, visiting that angry Louisville team looking for redemption.
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