How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 2
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 4, 2012
As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:
1. Big 12 (33.1, 7, 5)
2. SEC (37.7, 1, 6)
3. Big Ten (44.1, 6, 4)
4. Independent (49.0, 17, 2)
5. Pac-12 (49.2, 3, 3)
6. A.C.C. (52.6, 4, 3)
7. Big East (58.9, 27, 0)
8. Mountain West (75.6, 22, 1)
9. WAC (83.1, 34, 0)
10. MAC (84.6, 18, 1)
11. Conference USA (88.5, 36, 0)
12. Sun Belt (97.4, 60, 0)
Thoughts? It’s not surprising to see the Sun Belt bring up the rear: Florida International’s loss to Duke was a tough blow for the league, as were Middle Tennessee State’s loss to an F.C.S. opponent and South Alabama’s late defeat to Texas-San Antonio.
But that the WAC isn’t in second-to-last is a slight surprise. How was the WAC able to move just ahead of Conference USA? For one, Conference USA was dropped down a peg – if not more than one peg – by Houston’s inexplicable loss to Texas State. But overall, the WAC went 4-2 over the opening weekend; one of those two losses was San Jose State’s three-point setback at Stanford.
This might change once the calendar turns to conference play – the league consume itself – but as I suggested over the summer, the Big 12 is the deepest league in the country. The drawback is that teams like West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma might beat up on each other in October and November; for now, however, not even the SEC can tout similar depth.
Tags: A.C.C., Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, Independent, MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC
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