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The Big 12 is Best

09.09.08 | Comment?

Well, after two weeks of play, we have enough data to start to see relative strength in conferences. Check the scoreboard out for week 2 below:

Conference Strength Report, week 2, 2008 college football

For this week at least, the Big 12 sits at the top of the standings in every measure but CFN average rank. Given that the other three are performance based, we’ll say the humans over at CFN haven’t caught up yet…..In fact, the league’s performance has been dominating with only two out of conference losses and one of those to a BCS competitor. The only bad news is that the second loss came to a lower-level school when Texas A&M spit the bit in week 1. (See explanation of ratings from week one’s report.)

The race for #2 is neck and neck between the SEC and Big 10. Each league has a case, with the Big 10 sporting a slightly better OOC win % and the SEC boasting a slightly better DIA win %. On the basis of performance vs. BCS competition, the SEC gets the nod this week as #2 but they’d better not sleep easy going into week 3.

On the other end of the table we see the Independents (exclude W. Kentucky this year), the Big East, and the Sunbelt. The shocking thing is that when DIAA competition is factored out, the Big East has a 30% win rate and when it’s only BCS-level competition the league has notched zero wins. The improvement story from last week is that the ACC has moved from Big East/Sunbelt territory back to respectability.

The other interesting subplot in this report is the Mountain West, it is performing better than 2 of the BCS conferences as a mid-major, it’s better on field relative to the Big East and ACC through two weeks of play.

This week we’ll see even more data as the Pac-10 comes out of league play with several interesting matchups including the USC/OSU game on Saturday. As they say, it’s not where you start, but where you finish…until next week, GO BUCKS!


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