Ever drive through fog so thick that you can't see five feet past your car?
If you have, you know it's no fun. However, if you take your time, eventually, you'll drive out of the fog. It clears up and you can go on your way.
Following Big East football is like this. Except the fog never gets thinner, it gets thicker. It then begins to rain and your headlights no longer work. It's an ugly situation.
After last Saturday, it seemed like the fog was clearing as first-place Pittsburgh, which defeated South Florida, was in the league-title driver's seat with Connecticut, which beat second-place Syracuse, riding shotgun.
Big East Conference Standings
If Pittsburgh won out, they would earn the BCS bowl bid.
If Pittsburgh lost one of its last two games and Connecticut wins its final two, the Huskies are traveling to Glendale, AZ to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
On Friday, Pittsburgh lost its hold on the steering wheel by falling to visiting West Virginia, 35-10, in the Backyard Brawl at Heinz Field. The loss placed the Panthers (6-5, 4-2 Big East) in a tie for first with the Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2).
On Saturday, the Huskies (6-4, 3-2) host Cincinnati and a victory places them in a three-way tie for first-place. UConn beat both West Virginia and Pittsburgh and thus owns the head-to-head tiebreaker, making them officially the league's new captain.
Syracuse (7-4, 4-3) and South Florida (6-4, 3-3) are fourth and fifth place, respectively, and do not play conference games in Week 13. Meaning, entering Week 14 the league standings should be nicely organized. Here are the basic scenarios, assuming that UConn beats Cincinnati:
- UConn wins Big East with a win against USF.
- West Virginia earns title with UConn loss to USF and win against Rutgers.
- Pittsburgh claims championship with UConn, West Virginia loss and a victory against Cincinnati.
"...Unless mass chaos occurs and there's a multi-team tie among three-loss teams," wrote ESPN Big East Blogger Brian Bennett in his Big East and the BCS standings post on Sunday. "The BCS standings are just meaningless numbers for the Big East this year."