Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Big East Power Rankings, Week 6

1. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0 in conference): The defense and special teams rose to the occasion to bail out a slow starting offense against UConn. Next Step...Boring Bye Week

2. Cincinnati (4-1, 0-0): Looking to keep the momentum going from before the bye week. Next Step...Hosting a reeling Louisville.

3. South Florida (4-1, 0-1): Looking to rebound from a disappointing loss two weeks ago to Pittsburgh. Next Step...Roadie to UConn.

4. Rutgers (4-1, 2-0): The surpass team of the conference is coming off a dismantling of Pitt. Next Step...Getting ready to stop Navy's option.

5. Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1): The Bipolar Panthers backed up a solid win over South Florida by not showing up against Rutgers. Next Step...Back to the drawing board against Utah.

6. Syracuse (4-2, 0-0): A solid first half against Tulane helped the Orange hold on for the win. Next Step...Still looking for a complete four quarters as they hit the bye week.

7. Louisville (2-3, 0-0): It's painful to watch this team on offense. This team needs to find some creativity. Next Step...Tough road game at Cincinnati.

8. Connecticut (2-4, 0-1): Mistakes and injuries are a bad combination. The Huskies are in full skid mode. Next Step...Tough home game against USF.

Rolling of the Conference Dice

Quick trivia question…how do you get umpteen thousands of WVU fans to sign up for that social media phenomenon called Twitter? Let them know that rumors of WVU to other conferences not called Big East run rampant on there.

You get all manners of stuff. People saying it’s a done deal…that have tweeted 4 times and have 3 followers. You get people posturing to have those new Tweeters follow them by writing incendiary articles pretending to be in the know…

I’m GUILTY. I’ve been doing that damned “WVU SEC” Twitter search for about 2 weeks straight now. I’ve been convinced that the dominoes were going to fall. And that by now, we’d be talking about our future opponents.

And we should start talking about our future opponents. Mainly Central Florida. And East Carolina. And Memphis. You have read all the articles. We don’t bring any TV sets to anything. We can try and rationalize it, but the facts are, we don’t. And it’s for that reason that we are here in the Big East for a while.

WVU will eventually get picked up by someone else. It’ll be during the race to get to 16 members per conference. Someone will jump first…then all the pieces will fall together. And WVU will end up somewhere.

Hell, that could even begin the process of setting up a playoff for college football. 4 super conferences. 3 more games a year. That would be exciting.

Enough with all the talk of academics and culture, as well. This has nothing to do with either. Any of that talk is just posturing. It’s all about the jingle.

The simple rub of it is that we need a new conference. And we will embrace you for taking us. But realize that soon after you add us, we will immediately start disliking you, and you will HATE to come and play in Morgantown, much like any other rival we’ve had over the years.

Patience friends. Patience. We’ll end up somewhere. But in the meantime…

“Under the terms of the agreements with the bowls and television rightsholder, the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will have annual automatic qualification for their champions for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.”

Should be 4 BCS berths for WVU in a row. That’ll be a lot fun. Let’s prove our worth.