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Bulls can add to Big East football logjam



The polite word for what you're seeing in the Big East football standings is "parity" -- after upset wins Friday night by Syracuse over West Virginia and Louisville over Rutgers, the teams playing today at Raymond James Stadium are the only ones left without a conference loss (Cincinnati) and a conference win (USF).


So if USF can end its two-game losing streak and beat the Bearcats, it will set up a ridiculous logjam in the Big East standings -- Rutgers alone with a 2-1 league record, then six teams at 1-1, then USF at 1-2, meaning the entire league will be within a game of first place.

Connecticut last year opened 0-2 in conference play, then won out for a 5-2 mark and a BCS bowl appearance. Could USF somehow do the same? It's far more possible than it should be, again with the major qualifier that the Bulls must first wake up and win their remaining five Big East games.

Do that, and it doesn't take much to set up a two-loss Big East champion. Connecticut and Pittsburgh have the tiebreaker advantage against USF, but both already have one loss, and they play each other on Oct. 26, so that alone will drop one into two-loss territory. Should USF win out, the only possible one-loss teams would be Cincinnati (if the Bearcats won out) and the Pitt-UConn winner, should it win out.

All this is silly speculation until the Bulls find a way to win a conference game, but the rest of the league has conspired to help forgive an 0-2 start, much the same way they did last season for the Huskies. We'll be live-blogging from Raymond James Stadium throughout today's game. ...

[Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:31am]


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