The Big East should rejoice this week: for the first time in a month, a Big East team has cracked the USA Today poll.
That team would be West Virginia, ranked 24th in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 14. It's not much for a team that delivered a beatdown to Pittsburgh in the rivalry game called the Backyard Brawl — and even that win couldn't stop rumors from surfacing this weekend that had West Virginia coach Bill Stewart retiring — but it's more than the Big East has had of late.
West Virginia could still win the conference and claim the Big East's BCS bowl berth, but Connecticut is the squad that has the inside track to do so. And the Huskies don't even receive a vote in this week's USA Today poll; South Florida, which upset Miami in overtime, is the only Big East team other than West Virginia to receive even a single vote.
That leaves the Big East in familiar territory: hoping for one team to carry the banner as high as possible.
Full Big East rankings are as follows:
- No. 24 West Virginia