4. Rutgers at 8 and 4 takes this spot even with that abysmal loss to Connecticut. They fall here ahead of Pitt for 2 reasons first they beat them head to head and secondly and far more importantly they have a better conference and overall record. While, Pitt can still end up tied with Rutgers in the Conference standings this week they trail the Knights. The New Era Pin Stripe Bowl has been salivating over inviting Rutgers basically since the season began and thus will give Rutgers the invite as soon as it is their turn to make a selection.
8. Syracuse, wow does this team really even deserve a mention in the top 8 of an 8 team league? They had one moment in the season where they cashed it all in against WVU and then thud came the season. The utter futility of this seasons effort makes the ACC proud. I mean let us look at this for a second the ACC invites one of the worst teams in the Big East and the team that just did marginally better in Pitt. Enjoy! With Syracuse's loss to Pitt this weekend they shall join South Florida with a 5 and 7 record with just one win in conference play. So no bowl for you. Hmm. Sure looks like that performance against WVU earlier this season really mattered in the grand scheme of things. I am sure that there fan base takes solace in the fact that they will have beaten one of the eventual conference champions but any fan that is satisfied with this seasons' performance should really reexamine their sports loyalties. It is a FINE time to be an Orangefan.