2012 Big East Football Standings: Four-way tie possible after Rutgers, Louisville losses

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Either Rutgers or Louisville will represent the Big East in the BCS, but Syracuse and Cincinnati could take shares of the Big East title as the regular season heads into its last week.

Rutgers and Louisville couldn't win seemingly easy games Week 13, setting up a complicated and exciting final week of regular season play that will decide the 2012 Big East Champion.

The winner of Louisville-Rutgers will represent the conference in the BCS, but as many as four teams could earn a share of the conference title by finishing Big East play at 5-2.

Ranked at No. 18 and No. 20, it seemed the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals wouldn't have trouble against Pitt and UConn, both of whom entered Saturday's games at 4-6 with only one win in conference play. But the underdogs pulled out a pair of shocking results: the Panthers dominated from the start behind 113 yards and a touchdown by Ray Graham, pulling away with 21 straight second-quarter points in a 27-6 win. UConn shut out Syracuse until the fourth quarter, but the Orange rallied back to tie the game at 10 with less than a minute left, but UConn picked off Teddy Bridgewater's pass in triple overtime and won 23-20.

Rutgers is guaranteed of winning their first ever Big East title, but they could either represent the team in the BCS by holding an 6-1 conference record if they win on Saturday or they could be tied with as many as three other teams. Louisville will tie them and hold a share of the conference title if they win. If the Cardinals win, Syracuse will also take a share of the conference title in their final season in the league winning their fifth game in six tries, a 38-20 win over Temple. Cincinnati would also have the opportunity to take a share if they can beat UConn on Saturday.

Here's a full look at the conference standings:


Big East Conference Standings

(updated 11.24.2012 at 1:42 AM CST)



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