The Big East had no teams ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls to start the season. After the opening week, Louisville moved up after dominating Kentucky. Last week Rutgers finally moved into the top 25 after winning on the road at Arkansas. This week, the Big East added a third ranked team to its resume when Cincinnati checked in at #23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following Saturday's thrilling 27-24 come from behind win over Virginia Tech. In the Associated Press poll, Cincinnati is not ranked, but received the most votes in the "also receiving votes" category.
Cincinnati's next three games are against Miami (OH), Fordham, and Toledo. Barring an upset, the Bearcats should find their way into both polls in the coming weeks and should head into the October 26th game at Louisville at 6-0. That game is set for a Friday night on ESPN and, depending on how others teams move in and out of the polls, could feature a matchup of top 20, maybe top 15 teams? That is, assuming Louisville continues winning. The Cardinals have a bye week, then travel to Pittsburgh, before hosting South Florida.