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Big East Power Rankings Week 9 - The UConn Blog
Let's start with the top, where Syracuse's destruction of Cincinnati (along with UConn's upset of West Virginia) solidified the top two spots in the conference. Pittsburgh once again collected every first place vote, and Syracuse now has a firm hold on the second spot, with every ballot slotting the Orange right behind the Panthers.

What we learned in the Big East: Week 9 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Orange fans were mainly hoping to attain bowl eligibility and get an invite to the Beef O'Brady's or Pinstripe bowls. But now they can aim higher. Syracuse still needs one more win to be eligible because of its two FCS victories, but with a very manageable schedule the rest of the way (Louisville, UConn, at Rutgers and Boston College), there's no reason the team can't get to eight or nine wins or beyond. And given the dreadful state of the league, a trip to the Champs Sports or Meineke Car Care bowls -- which qualify as big ones in this conference -- isn't out of the question. Heck, the league title isn't off the table, either.

Big East power rankings: Week 10 - Big East Blog - ESPN
2. Syracuse (6-2, 3-1): No qualifications or backhanded compliments any more. The Orange have earned this spot. College Basketball - Preseason Power Rankings: Point guard
20. Scoop Jardine (6-2/190, Jr.), Syracuse: Jardine averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 assists while providing a spark off the bench last season. Those numbers should go up this season as Jardine moves into the starting lineup.

Blair Kerkhoff’s Conference Call -
The race for national coach of the year is getting interesting. Near the top is Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, whose Orange put a 31-7 beatdown on Cincinnati. As for Marrone’s competition, look at Baylor’s Art Briles and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen.

Trio of Syracuse football players earn Big East honors |
Senior linebacker Derrell Smith, junior tailback Antwon Bailey and freshman kicker Ross Krautman all made the list.

Big East looks to expand -
Two sources said if the presidents give their blessing to explore expansion, invitations could be issued before the end of the college football season. TCU is said to be very interested, as is Central Florida.

WVU coach Bill Stewart's press conference after the Syracuse loss. I guess he really is Greg Robinson 2.0