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College Football Conference Power Rankings: Week 7

| by Sports Nickel
The BCS standings always lead to a discussion about conference strength. With fans of various conferences crowing that their teams have the toughest road to their respective titles, and the BCS coming down to just the top two teams, it comes down so often to perception about where each conference slots in against each other.

Well, we saw a shuffling at the top of the rankings, with the SEC taking over the top spot ahead of the Pac-10. But that is as much a result of the residual admiration felt for the powerhouse teams in the new top conference as it was a true indication of conference strength. Wins like Mississippi State’s “upset” of a Florida team that had no business in the Top 25 and earlier defeats of Georgia while the Bulldogs were erroneously ranked boster the overall SEC profile based on this rubric. And as the results show, it is largely the work of just one of the conference’s two divisions that has bolstered the entire league’s profile in 2010 — the East has been a ghost town of fallen powers and imposters like the Gamecocks. 

And yet the new #1 in the year’s first BCS standings released on Sunday hails not from either of the top two conferences, but from the one two rungs below the leaders in the rankings. The Big XII took its lumps all summer long, but apparently the computers still love them. I’m still wondering where the logic is in such love, but logic and football are often two diametrically opposed constructs. On a per-team basis, the Big XII (1.608 quotient points per team) has been only marginally better than the Mountain West right behind it (1.338 QP/team).

But we all know how voters are inclined to favor the bigger program as opposed to the rising upstart outside the BCS conferences. That naturally favors the established powers to the detriment of the non-AQ programs who are every bit as good as their more pedigreed fellows in the rankings. Keeping all of this in mind, here are the conference rankings following Week 7 games:

 
 
 
 
 
NON-CONF BCS
v. AP TOP 25
FCS GAMES
 
 

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

#1
↑#2
Southeast
12
79
8
4
0.667
12
17
0.414
4
1
0.800
51.9%
56.709

 
 
SEC East
6
39
2
4
0.333
3
11
0.214
2
0
1.000
51.3%
7.341

 
 
SEC West
6
40
6
0
1.000
9
6
0.600
2
1
0.667
52.5%
63.700

#2
↓#1
Pacific 10
10
62
10
4
0.714
7
11
0.389
6
0
1.000
51.6%
49.435

#3
↔#3
Big Ten
11
71
7
5
0.583
5
13
0.278
9
1
0.900
42.3%
21.667

#4
↔#4
Big XII
12
74
8
4
0.667
4
10
0.286
6
1
0.857
35.1%
19.294

 
 
Big XII North
6
37
5
2
0.714
1
5
0.167
4
1
0.800
35.1%
8.641

 
 
Big XII South
6
37
3
2
0.600
3
5
0.375
2
0
1.000
35.1%
10.238

#5
↔#5
Mountain West
9
60
5
9
0.357
3
13
0.188
4
0
1.000
50.0%
12.024

#6
↔#6
Western Athletic
9
58
4
9
0.308
3
9
0.250
5
1
0.833
43.1%
7.212

#7
↔#7
Atlantic Coast
12
77
3
10
0.231
2
11
0.154
9
1
0.900
33.8%
2.667

 
 
ACC Atlantic
6
39
1
5
0.167
1
6
0.143
4
0
1.000
33.3%
1.032

 
 
ACC Coastal
6
38
2
5
0.286
1
5
0.167
5
1
0.833
34.2%
1.599

#8
↔#8
Conference USA
12
78
4
17
0.190
0
5
0.000
6
0
1.000
33.3%
1.651

 
 
C-USA East
6
38
2
9
0.182
0
3
0.000
2
0
1.000
36.8%
0.848

 
 
C-USA West
6
40
2
8
0.200
0
2
0.000
4
0
1.000
30.0%
0.800

#9
↔#9
Big East
8
48
2
11
0.154
0
6
0.000
9
0
1.000
39.6%
0.731

#10
↔#10
Mid-American
13
88
3
23
0.115
0
9
0.000
8
2
0.800
39.8%
0.311

 
 
MAC East
7
47
1
13
0.071
0
5
0.000
4
1
0.800
40.4%
0.000

 
 
MAC West
6
41
2
10
0.167
0
4
0.000
4
1
0.800
39.0%
0.444

#11
↔#11
Sun Belt
9
55
0
21
0.000
0
6
0.000
3
0
1.000
49.1%
0.000

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