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Conference Power Rankings — Week 2

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Every week — starting now, of course — we here at CFT break down the good, the bad and the downright fashionably hideous (you know who we’re talking about *cough*Oregon*cough*) in each of the 11 Division 1-A conferences. How does your favorite league stack up? Take a gander below.

Also, I realize “conference allegiance” may be an alien term for some of you outside of SEC country, but what fun is it to only stress out about your team when you spend all day concentrating on the success or failure of others?

The Conclusion:

– Unless the SEC completely implodes as a result of its own competitiveness, it’s hard to see them being anything other than the best conference in college football. Call us homers (we aren’t), call us idiots (okay, maybe a little), but the last five BCS national championships have us backed on this one.

As for actual on-the-field competition, the SEC had a largely soft Week 2 from a non-conference perspective, but Alabama made easy work of Penn State and the two conference games between Georgia-South Carolina and Auburn-Mississippi State were excitingly close.

– For being on shaky ground, Big 12 football has a stable of good teams. Oklahoma State doesn’t look like it’s missed a beat since offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen left for West Virginia, and Iowa State pulled off a huge win at home against Iowa. It took overtime for Missouri — probably the Big 12’s fourth/fifth-best team — to lose on the road in overtime to a jacked up Arizona State.

– The Pac-12 had a horrific Week 1, but rebounded pretty well in Week 2. Stanford and Oregon took care of business against Duke and Nevada, respectively, and USC notched its first Pac-12 victory over Utah. The Big Ten, on the other hand, failed to take advantage of its spotlight game (PSU vs. Alabama) and had two excruciating losses (Minnesota at home to New Mexico State; Purdue at Rice). Ohio State, the recent class of the Big Ten, struggled against Toledo.

– In the ACC, Virginia Tech and Clemson made it difficult in wins against East Carolina (a good, but beatable team) and Wofford (a very beatable team). Boston College lost to Central Florida and North Carolina State fell short against Wake Forest. Yikes.

– But look what we have here, folks: Conference USA sneaking up past the Big East. Considering almost half the Big East used to reside in C-USA, it makes sense that they’re comparable. WVU and Pitt Backyard Brawl’d with Norfolk State and Maine, and the conference’s most convincing win was South Florida over Ball State. B-C-S!

– As far as the rest of the non-AQ leagues, the WAC didn’t turn up many huge wins, but losses by Fresno State (vs. Nebraska), San Jose State (vs. UCLA), and Hawaii (vs. Washington) were all close for at least part of the game. The Sun Belt scored a nice victory on national television when better-than-most-people-realize FIU defeated Louisville (see “Big East shortcomings” above).

And the MAC? Well… eh…

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9 Responses to “Conference Power Rankings — Week 2”
  1. icelovinbrotha215 says: Sep 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    Geaux Bayou Bengals!

  2. steelersandladyboysfan says: Sep 12, 2011 4:38 PM

    At least Penn State, the 5th best BIG team at best, kept it respectable as 11 point home dogs against a SEC power, can’t say the same for the Pac 12’s top dog.

  3. losthaven72 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:51 PM

    Funny thing about C-USA and the power rankings. They are 6-8 against other conferences and 3-1 against the 1-aa. Their only competition against the Big East was a blow out. They have several blow outs as well as one with a 1-aa team.

  4. WingT says: Sep 12, 2011 5:52 PM

    Is that a picture of Norman Einstein?

  5. sportsinhd says: Sep 12, 2011 6:49 PM

    The PAC-12’s “top dog” plays in Palo Alto, they are called The Stanford Cardinal. They’ve looked pretty good the last two weeks.

  6. webfootdoug58 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:01 PM

    Or maybe, the “PAC 12’s Top Dog” played in Eugene Saturday, where the Ducks racked up 69 points in rebounding from a fumbling Week One- no turnovers and only 3 penalties, and awesome speed. And all this mercifully in yellow jerseys, though with black helmets and dull gray pants.

    Already looking like the Stanford – Oregon game will be the showdown for the Northern Division winner, and possible PAC 12 champ as well.

    However, in the Southern Division, Arizona State played well in beating a good Missouri, though in copying Oregon’s goofy “Blackout” they missed out on honoring their colorful heritage.

    Anyone who still thinks of USC as being the PAC 12’s “Top Dog” hasn’t been around for a decade.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2011 11:42 PM

    Webfootdug58: We agree with your thoughtful assessment. Stanford–Oregon makes us wish we were about 10 years younger and we would travel to be at that one. We don’t think it will be a defensive game…ha.

    One humorous but perhaps insightful poster here at CFT, offered that since Notre Dame had been playing USC so much that luck of the Irish had rubbed off from ND to USC this year….ha. That is probably as good of an explanation as we have heard. Don’t think that luck of the Irish/Trojans will last too many more games.

  8. webfootdoug58 says: Sep 13, 2011 4:16 AM

    southernpatriots,
    Thanks, and we’ll see how it plays out in the PAC 12. Some exciting days ahead, good teams and good rivalries.
    The PAC 12 has a lot on its plate right now, not all of it good. Too many scandals coming with all this new money.

    As far as defense– you’ve got Luck, whose already turned down a fabulous pro contract, vs. Thomas, who threw six touchdown passes Saturday in less than three quarters……

  9. florida727 says: Sep 13, 2011 6:42 AM

    Not bad. Only 85 delusional voters so far… those who voted with their hearts instead of their heads and indicated a conference other than the SEC was the “best” conference in America. Wake up people! Wonder if the “Other” 9 voted for Notre Dame? :)

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