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Big East football standings 2012: Louisville, Rutgers on collision course

There's a battle atop the Big East and it may come down to the last game of the regular season.

Andy Lyons

The season-ending game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights just got bigger after the Cardinals lost their first game of the season to the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. Louisville is now 4-1 in the Big East conference and instead of both teams going into that final clash undefeated in conference play, the Cardinals could be playing for a share of the title while the Scarlet Knights will be playing for the outright championship.

Rutgers is 4-0 in conference and have a huge game against the third-place Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday. The Bearcats are 3-1 in conference with their one loss coming to the Cardinals.

The Bearcats are followed by the Syracuse Orange, who defeated the Cardinals and moved to 4-2 in conference. Even though the Orange are 5-5 overall, their win over the Cardinals proved that every team in the Big East has to come to play or they'll get knocked off.

The Orange are followed by the Temple Owls, Connecticut Huskies, Pittsburgh Panthers and South Florida Bulls.