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Pair of upsets keeps Big East title race open for another week

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Rutgers had an opportunity to run away with the Big East title today. All the Scarlet Knights had to do was defeat Pitt, which had just four wins on the season.

But, if there’s one thing Pitt is good at, it’s throwing a wrench in other teams’ championship hopes (right, West Virginia?). The Panthers pulled the upset over No. 21 Rutgers, winning 27-6. Panthers QB Tino Sunseri, as embattled as any QB in the history of the Pitt program, finished his career with a 227-yard performance and two touchdowns. Running back Ray Graham added another 113 yards and a score.

The loss keeps the Big East race alive for another week when Rutgers takes on Louisville. The No. 19 Cardinals lost in three overtimes to UConn this afternoon 23-20. QB Teddy Bridgewater turned in a gutsy performance, but was banged up with both wrist and knee injuries. His availability for next week’s game against the Scarlet Knights will definitely be a point of interest.

The Big East race is coming down to its two best teams in the final week . The conference should be excited about that. However, I’m not sure anyone was planning on Louisville and Rutgers to be entering the game coming off upset losses.

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8 Responses to “Pair of upsets keeps Big East title race open for another week”
  1. whoisedgy says: Nov 24, 2012 4:31 PM

    Since both these teams lost, they will most likely drop out of polls. If Kent State wins the MAC they will be ranked higher than an AQ conference champion. Does this guarantee them a BCS bid?

  2. wustlumdnj says: Nov 24, 2012 4:31 PM

    As a Rutgers alumnus, graduate student, and fan, it is really exciting for us to have won (at least a share of) our first Big East Championship. This team was not predicted to be at the top of the conference with a new coach (pretty much entirely new coaching staff), sophomore QB, and questions at RB.

    Yes, it’s unfortunate we lost, but looking at the b1g picture, it’s been a great season and I will not be an unrealistic fan. The pun up there was intended :)

    Hoping for a great game Thursday night!

  3. wustlumdnj says: Nov 24, 2012 4:35 PM

    whoisedgy, I’m looking at the rules below from the BCS website. It seems Kent State must be ranked #16 to get the automatic spot. They will be at least #21 after LVille and Rutgers drop. Their ability to make the BCS hinges on whether they can move up five more spots.

    “3. The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:

    A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or,
    B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.”

  4. jumbro10 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    Heard there is a scenerio that leaves cincinnati with a SHARE of the title as well….true?

  5. niubears says: Nov 24, 2012 7:02 PM

    The winner of the NIU (#26) /Kent State (#23) MAC Championship game has a good possibility of getting to #16. ALOT of teams needed to lose this week to make that possible, and well… A lot of those teams have lost.
    Still gonna be tough, but the prospect of seeing the MAC in the Orange Bowl has increased dramatically in the last 8 hours.

  6. rationalcat61 says: Nov 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    Yes, if Cincy beats UConn next Saturday, and Rutgers loses to UL on Thursday, Cincinnati can share a bit of the conference title (maybe a 4 way tie for first). But UC loses all tiebreakers, and cannot go to a BCS game, as I understand it.

  7. pedagoguish says: Nov 25, 2012 1:51 AM

    Do they play football in the Big East?

  8. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Nov 25, 2012 5:18 AM

    Not sure if they go by this, but if Rutgers loses to Louisville and Cincinnati wins, Rutgers, Syracuse, Louisville and Cincinnati all finish 5-2 in the Big East, but Rutgers and Louisville would be 2-1 among the four teams head-to-head with Syracuse and Cincinnati at 1-2. Then it presumably would come down to the result of the head-to-head game between Louisville and Rutgers, and since, in this scenario, Louisville would have won that game, they would get the BCS bid.

    If on the other hand Rutgers and Cincinnati both lose, it’s a three-way tie among Rutgers, Syracuse and Louisville, and they will have all gone 1-1 against each other; in that case, I think I saw something crawl across the bottom of the screen on ESPN to the effect that the highest BCS ranker among the three teams would get the bid.

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