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Week 2 Big East power rankings

Louisville holds onto the top spot. But how far did Pitt fall? Dave Miller

Print This September 04, 2012, 08:40 AM EST

The 2012 college football season is off and running, and we’ve already had plenty of exciting action.

Every Monday during the season I will release league power rankings, which you can find under the College tab at the top of this page. The six BCS conferences will all have their own power rankings, while I will also rank the best of the non-BCS squads.

Since the first week of the season didn’t conclude until last night, the power rankings are being released today.

With that in mind, let's take a look at how the Big East shapes up:

1. Louisville: Charlie Strong's offense marched 99 yards for a touchdown on the first drive of the season, and the Cardinals didn't look back in a 32-14 victory over in-state rival Kentucky. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished with 232 yards on 19-of-21 passing, setting a school record for completion percentage in the win.

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2. South Florida: B.J. Daniels threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns in leading South Florida to a 34-13 victory over Chattanooga. The Bulls limited Chattanooga to 151 yards and had six sacks.

3. Rutgers: Jawan Jamison had a 46-yard touchdown run and Brandon Jones returned an interception for a score to lead the Scarlet Knights and new head coach Kyle Flood to a 24-12 victory over Tulane.

4. Cincinnati: The Bearcats have not yet opened their season. They will host Pittsburgh on Thursday.

5. Connecticut: The Huskies scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to beat Massachusetts 37-0 last Thursday night.

6. Temple: Steve Addazio and the Owls began their latest stint in the Big East with a 41-10 win over Villanova on Friday night. Matt Brown ran for 141 yards and a score, while Chris Coyer ran for a touchdown and threw for another score.

7. Syracuse: Doug Marrone and the Orange lost a heartbreaker to Northwestern after a second-half rally fell short. Ryan Nassib threw four second-half touchdowns, finishing 44 of 65 for 470 yards.

8. Pittsburgh: The head-coaching debut of Paul Chryst was disastrous as the Panthers lost 31-17 to Youngstown State. Pitt committed two turnovers, including one by star running back Ray Graham deep in Youngstown State territory.

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