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The latest edition of the Associated Press poll is out and with Cincinnati moving up into the top 25, the Big East has three teams ranked in the top 25 with a little more than half of the season remaining.
Last night, Cincinnati made the necessary impression on Associated Press voters to catapult into the top 25 rankings by blowing out in-state foe Miami (OH) 52-14 to improve to 4-0. The latest rankings were released this morning and as expected the Big East now boasts three teams ranked in the AP top 25. Louisville, who was off this week, moved up one spot to #18. Rutgers ran over Connecticut 19-3 in a noon blackout home game and moved up two spots from #22 to #20. In the newly released USA Today Coaches Poll, Louisville checked in at #16, Rutgers at #19, and Cincinnati moved up to #20.
The best news for the Big East is these teams aren't scheduled to play one another for several weeks. Cincinnati has games against Toledo and Fordham, while Louisville has a road trip to Pittsburgh and a home game against struggling South Florida before the two teams meet in a nationally televised Friday night game at Louisville. That game could very well feature undefeated, top 15 teams. Cincinnati and Rutgers face one another two weeks after that. Then, Louisville and Rutgers play in a Thursday night game in the final week of the regular season.
While no other Big East team has a chance to play its way into the polls this season, future Big East member Boise State worked its way into the poll again, coming in at #24 after yesterday's win at Southern Mississippi.