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College Football Conference Rankings: Week 12

| by Sports Nickel

It was a relatively slow week in college football. For a while it looked as though we were about to see conferences completely shaken up, as upsets looked in the making from Baton Rouge to East Lansing to Iowa City to Starkville. But alas, the BCS shakedown will have to wait at least one more week.

LSU, Michigan State and Ohio State all survived scares on a Saturday where all of the top three teams in the BCS standings stood on the sidelines and rested up for post-Thanksgiving reverie. But in the end, Cinderella’s carriage reverted to pumpkinhood and the bids by Ole Miss, Purdue and Iowa all faltered in the closing minutes of action. 

We were treated to one nice upset, as Texas A&M gave the 90,000+ people in attendance in College Station something to really cheer about in their 9-6 victory over Nebraska to knock the Huskers from the ranks of the once-beatens. The matchup of top-25 teams, coupled with the rest of the Big XII action, proved enough to vault the conference ahead of the Pac-10.

While the west-coast conference has boasted three of the most complete teams in the nation this season, they have been suffering from two key issues. The first, USC’s sanctions, have prevented the Pac-10 from having another ranked team amongst its numbers for most of the season. The latter, a dearth of bowl-eligible teams, has the conference at risk of being unable to fill all of its prearranged bowl slots. Some call it parity, others call it mediocrity, but however you label it what it means is that the Pac-10 has now dropped from second-best to third-best in the conference rankings.

Where do all the other ten Division I FBS conferences line up in the pecking order? How did a weekend that saw many a top-25 team taking a bye week (or a virtual bye week with FCS competition on the slate) affect the conference rankings? We’ve already discussed one shift, but where does everyone align based on the crunching of the numbers? Let’s take a look…

 
 
 
 
 
NON-CONF BCS
v. AP TOP 25
FCS GAMES
 
 

RK
LW
 CONF
TEAMS
TTL GP
W
L
PCT.
W
L
PCT.
W
L
PCT.
% v. BCS/25
QUOTIENT

#1
↔#1
Southeast
12
132
8
4
0.667
18
32
0.360
9
1
0.900
47.0%
109.361

 
 
SEC East
6
66
2
4
0.333
4
19
0.174
5
0
1.000
43.9%
12.188

 
 
SEC West
6
66
6
0
1.000
14
13
0.519
4
1
0.800
50.0%
131.593

#2
↑#3
Big XII
12
134
8
4
0.667
14
27
0.341
7
1
0.875
39.6%
77.669

 
 
Big XII North
6
67
5
2
0.714
6
14
0.300
4
1
0.800
40.3%
38.893

 
 
Big XII South
6
67
3
2
0.600
8
13
0.381
3
0
1.000
38.8%
37.679

#3
↓#2
Pacific 10
10
104
10
4
0.714
9
22
0.290
6
0
1.000
43.3%
73.483

#4
↔#4
Big Ten
11
121
7
5
0.583
9
26
0.257
9
1
0.900
38.8%
45.627

#5
↔#5
Mountain West
9
102
5
10
0.333
4
20
0.167
4
0
1.000
38.2%
16.250

#6
↔#6
Atlantic Coast
12
132
3
10
0.231
7
16
0.304
10
1
0.909
27.3%
10.339

 
 
ACC Atlantic
6
66
1
5
0.167
3
7
0.300
4
0
1.000
24.2%
3.378

 
 
ACC Coastal
6
66
2
5
0.286
4
9
0.308
6
1
0.857
30.3%
7.326

#7
↔#7
Western Athletic
9
96
4
9
0.308
3
17
0.150
5
1
0.833
34.4%
8.419

#8
↔#8
Conference USA
12
133
5
20
0.200
1
7
0.125
6
0
1.000
24.8%
4.331

 
 
C-USA East
6
66
2
11
0.154
1
4
0.200
2
0
1.000
27.3%
2.285

 
 
C-USA West
6
67
3
9
0.250
0
3
0.000
4
0
1.000
22.4%
1.875

#9
↔#9
Big East
8
82
2
11
0.154
1
6
0.143
9
0
1.000
24.4%
1.690

#10
↔#10
Mid-American
13
144
3
24
0.111
0
9
0.000
8
2
0.800
25.0%
0.308

 
 
MAC East
7
77
1
13
0.071
0
5
0.000
4
1
0.800
24.7%
0.000

 
 
MAC West
6
67
2
11
0.154
0
4
0.000
4
1
0.800
25.4%
0.436

#11
↔#11
Sun Belt
9
95
0
25
0.000
0
9
0.000
3
0
1.000
35.8%
0.000

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