Big East Football Power Rankings: Week 1

Welcome to the SB Nation Big East Power Rankings. This is a new feature I'm really excited about. SB Nation's collection of Big East blogs have joined together to vote on conference rankings, which will be updated each and every Monday during the football season. Each blog gets one ballot and will rank Big East teams from first to eighth. A first-place vote is worth eight points, second place seven and so on. Without further ado, here are your Week 1 rankings:

1. West Virginia (4): 39 points -- vs. Coastal Carolina W 31-0  -- Last Week: N/R

2. Pittsburgh: (1) 34 points -- @ Utah L 27-24 (OT) -- Last Week: N/R

3. South Florida: 26 points -- vs. Stony Brook W 59-14 -- Last Week: N/R

4. Rutgers: 22 points -- vs. Norfolk St. W 31-0 -- Last Week: N/R

T-5. Cincinnati: 19 points -- @ Fresno St. L 28-14 -- Last Week: N/R

T-5. Syracuse: 19 points -- @ Akron W 29-3 -- Last Week: N/R

7. UConn: 16 points -- @ Michigan L 30-10 -- Last Week N/R

8. Louisville: 5 points -- vs. Kentucky L 23-16 -- Last Week: N/R

Hit the jump to check out my thoughts and the individual ballots from each blog.

On the whole there was a lot of agreement that some combination of West Virginia, Pitt and South Florida should be on top, while every voter was unanimous that Louisville should be bringing up the rear. At least internally, there was a good amount of debate between Justin, Kevin and myself over how the rest of the rankings should shake out. We wound up placing UConn sixth, which I suppose is fair after their performance on Saturday. My usual homer instincts took over and I argued for placing them higher, but I was in the middle of a cross-country move this weekend, so I didn't get to see any football beyond the Michigan game and couldn't make much of a case.

Also of note was Syracuse. Kevin was impressed enough by their win to argue they should be fourth in the league, but Justin and I were a bit more hesitant so on our final ballot they wound up being slotted fifth. The individual blog ballots are below. Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.

TheUConnBlog:
1. West Virginia
2. Pittsburgh
3. South Florida
4. Rutgers
5. Syracuse
6. UConn
7. Cincinnati
8. Louisville

Card Chronicle:
1. West Virginia
2. Pittsburgh
3. Cincinnati
4. UConn
5. South Florida
6. Syracuse
7. Rutgers
8. Louisville

Voodoo Five:
1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
3. Pittsburgh
4. Rutgers
5. Syracuse
6. Cincinnati
7. UConn
8. Louisville

On The Banks:
1. Pittsburgh
2. West Virginia
3. Rutgers
4. Cincinnati
5. UConn
6. Syracuse
7. South Florida
8. Louisville

Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician:
1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
3. Pittsburgh
4. Syracuse
5. Rutgers
6. Cincinnati
7. UConn
8. Louisville

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