2012 Big East Football Standings: Rutgers And Cincinnati Lead League Early, Temple Fifth

September 22, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Temple Owls running back Matt Brown (2) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions defense at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Temple 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Conference play is just beginning in the Big East with Rutgers, Cincinnati and Louisville leading the way.

With conference play getting started, the early leaders in the Big East are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) and Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0), both of which are 1-0 thus far in Big East play. The Louisville Cardinals (4-0) are the conference's highest-ranked team in the national polls at No. 19, but currently sit third in the conference since they have not played a Big East game yet.

Rutgers, the No. 23 team in the country this week, is coming off back-to-back road wins over the South Florida Bulls and Arkansas Razorbacks. Cincinnati has only played two games so far this season, opening with a conference win over the Pittsburgh Panthers and then beating Delaware State a week ago.

Temple currently sits in fifth place in the Big East, just below the conference's midway point. After opening the season with a win over Villanova, the Owls have lost consecutive games to Maryland and Penn State. Conference play begins for the Owls on Oct. 6 when they host South Florida.

Full standings below.

Big East Standings (Conference Record/Overall Record)

1) No. 23 Rutgers (1-0, 4-0)

2) Cincinnati (1-0, 2-0)

3) No. 19 Louisville (0-0, 4-0)

4) Connecticut (0-0, 2-2)

5) Temple (0-0, 1-2)

6) Syracuse (0-0, 1-3)

7) Pittsburgh (0-1, 2-2)

8) South Florida (0-1, 2-2)

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