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|
|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|