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If there's been one surprise in the Big East this season, it has to be the fact that Cincinnati, not West Virginia, is sitting atop the conference in mid-November.
When the year began, everyone assumed that West Virginia was the team to beat in the Big East in 2011. Well, a lot of teams did just that: beat West Virginia.
The Mountaineers began the season ranked at No. 24, and had climbed all the way up to No. 16 in time for their showdown against then-No. 2 LSU.
Even an expected loss didn't shatter WVU's Big East dreams. A loss a few weeks later at Syracuse, on the other hand, threw a giant wrench into the Big East prognostications for the year.
After that loss, WVU tumbled all the way from No. 11 to No. 25.
After losing to Louisville, the wheels had clearly come off, and West Virginia now sits a paltry 2-2 in the conference.
Cincinnati, however, has been riding high, and has its own ranking to protect, to say nothing of a Big East title chase. The Bearcats are a perfect 3-0 in conference, and 7-1 overall while finding themselves ranked No. 23 in the latest BCS ranking.
In reality, Cincinnati can actually afford a loss to WVU this weekend and still capture the Big East title (Louisville is the only team with one conference loss, at the hands of Cincinnati).
It looks as if we're headed for an unranked Big East champion finding their way into the BCS on a technicality.
Cincy will lose this weekend and fall from the BCS rankings, but they'll still manage to claim a Big East championship this season.