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BCS Standings 2012: Rutgers Football No. 39 In BCS; Not In AP, Coaches' Polls

The Big East Conference football championship and Bowl Championship Series bowl berth will be decided this weekend. Here's who we think is going to end up with the title.

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BCS Standings 2012: Rutgers Football No. 39 In BCS; Not In AP, Coaches' Polls

The final 2011-12 college football rankings were released Monday night, and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program failed to crack the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches' polls, however, they did finish the season No. 39 in the final BCS Standings. he polls came out after the Alabama Crimson Tide dominated Southeastern Conference rival, LSU Tigers, 21-0, in the BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Rutgers (9-4) finished its season with a solid 27-13 victory over Iowa St. Cyclones in the Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30, at Yankee Stadium.

Here are the final AP and USA Today/Coaches rankings along with the BCS standings:


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-- See more about the game, and about Rutgers University sports in general, at SB Nation's Rutgers website, On The Banks. You can see complete Big East Conference coverage at Big East Coast Bias.

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BCS Bowl Projections 2011: West Virginia To Earn Big East Football's Orange Bowl Bid

After 12 regular-season games the Big East Conference title was finally decided Saturday, as three program-- West Virginia University, the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati -- each earned a share of the league title. The Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) and Bearcats (9-3, 5-2) finished up its regular-season schedules Saturday with victories, while the Cardinals (7-5, 5-2) had a bye this week, but earned a 34-24 victory over the University of South Florida last Friday, Nov. 25.

The Big East's Bowl Championship Series bowl berth (a trip to the Orange Bowl) will be decided by which program earns the highest point total in the BCS rankings, which will be released late Sunday night. Currently, SB Nation's BCS Bowl Projections have the Mountaineers earning the invite and playing Clemson University, the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, which defeated Virginia Tech, 38-10, Saturday night. The Orange Bowl will be played Jan. 4 at 8:17 p.m. ET.

For more info on the Big East Conference football, check out SB Nation's blog Big East Coast Bias.

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West Virginia-South Florida Final Score: Mountaineers Outlast The Bulls, 30-27

We still don't know who wins the Big East Conference football championship, but we're a heck of a lot closer now that West Virginia defeated  South Florida on Thursday night by a final score of 30-27 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

This was a nail biter.

After a tepid first quarter that saw neither team enter the end zone, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 13-7 lead at halftime. The Bulls actually trailed at one point 20-10 in the third quarter but stormed back to score three straight times: once on a field goal followed by consecutive touchdowns.

Their 27-20 lead wouldn't last; however, as West Virginia tied it up with five minutes left to play and then sealed the deal with a game-ending field goal for the 30-27 win as time expired.

With the victory, the Mountaineers now have a chance to claim the Big East title. A win for Cincinnati over UConn on Saturday would make it a three-way tie with Louisville, which West Virginia would win by virtue of being the highest ranked in the BCS rankings of the three schools.

Stay tuned.




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