FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 22: Players of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrate with their fans after a win against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Razorbacks 35-26. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
The Big East struggled in non-conference play in Week 4 with half of its eight teams losing, but three squads have separated themselves at the top and remain undefeated.
Conference play won't fully get under way in the Big East for another two weeks, but only three schools can count themselves among the ranks of the unbeaten.
Rutgers has really impressed thus far in 2012 and has climbed into the AP poll at No. 23. They handled their first Big East opponent, South Florida, traveling to Tampa and winning, and knocked off preseason top ten squad Arkansas this past week with a 35-26 win in Fayetteville. Cincinnati is the only other team with a conference win thus far, although that was against lowly Pittsburgh, and their only other matchup of the season was against FCS competition in Delaware State. Louisville moved to 4-0 this weekend with a win over Florida International.
Here's how the standings look four weeks into the season:
Big East Conference Standings
Although anything is possible with conference play yet to start, those three undefeated squads will certainly be the class of the league as teams have failed to handle their business against beatable opponents. Four of the conference's eight teams dropped games this weekend: Syracuse and Temple to Big Ten teams in Minnesota and Penn State that many thought they could have beaten, while South Florida and Pittsburgh lost to MAC squads in Ball State and Western Michigan, which is far from ideal. Pitt cleaned up against FCS Gardner-Webb, which is movement in a positive direction after falling to Youngstown State earlier in the year.