There wasn’t a lot of pretty football played in the Big East on Saturday, but there were a pair of exciting, tight games and the conference title race became clearer.
Big East Conference Standings
Below are the scenarios on what needs to happen for each of the teams that still have a shot — I am not including Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati, which all lost in Week 11.
Pittsburgh (5-4, 3-1 Big East)
Win out, or beat South Florida (Saturday, 12 p.m. on ESPN 2 or 3) and West Virginia (Week 13), and Connecticut loses one of last three games.
Syracuse (7-3, 4-2)
Beat Connecticut on Saturday (7:30 p.m. on ESPNU).
Pittsburgh loses two of its last three games (at USF, West Virginia, at Cincinnati).
West Virginia (6-3, 2-2)
Win out (at Louisville, at Pittsburgh, Rutgers).
Syracuse lose to UConn.
UConn lose to Cincinnati (Week 13) or USF (Week 14).
UConn (5-4, 2-2)
Win out (at SU, Cincinnati, USF).
Pittsburgh loses one of its last three games.
South Florida (5-4, 2-2)
Win last two conference games (Pittsburgh, Connecticut).
Syracuse loses to Connecticut (Saturday).
West Virginia loses one of its last three games.
Once again, it’s a mess. Things will get clearer after the Week 12 games. Or at least, I hope.