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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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