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September 13, 2011, 04:06 PM
Conference Power Rankings ??? Week 2

(Courtesy of CFT)

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???
September 13, 2011  04:23 PM ET

What's with all the questions??? LOL

September 13, 2011  07:37 PM ET

Weren't you upset that the AP/USA today was posting team rankings so early in the season?

Then worry yourself with someone's conference rankings after two weeks of play?

September 13, 2011  07:46 PM ET

Based on the results thus far and in order from best to worst:
Tier 1
SEC
Tier 2
B12
Tier 3
P12
B1G
Tier 4
ACC
Tier 5
MWC
BE
Indies
C-USA
Tier 6
MAC
WAC
SB

September 13, 2011  07:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What's with all the questions??? LOL

I would ??? your loss of the MWC... Its not like the MWC has a winning % in BCS games or against the SEC in the last few years or anything... Oh wait, they have both.

September 13, 2011  07:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What's with all the questions??? LOL

When you write in Word and cut/paste into the comment box, all " and ' become ???. Try writing in WordPad or NotePad.

September 13, 2011  08:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Weren't you upset that the AP/USA today was posting team rankings so early in the season? Then worry yourself with someone's conference rankings after two weeks of play?

You don't see so well do you? I never said this was for me!

September 13, 2011  08:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I would ??? your loss of the MWC... Its not like the MWC has a winning % in BCS games or against the SEC in the last few years or anything... Oh wait, they have both.

It was a play on describing the SI layout/format. Sub'n quotations with the word "quote", and other notations with "???"....weird.

September 13, 2011  08:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Weren't you upset that the AP/USA today was posting team rankings so early in the season? Then worry yourself with someone's conference rankings after two weeks of play?

You have that traveling "TROLL" circus working for you I see! LOL, no biggy, I have extremely thick skin thanks to the military. Have a good one!

September 13, 2011  08:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Based on the results thus far and in order from best to worst:Tier 1SECTier 2B12Tier 3P12B1GTier 4ACCTier 5MWCBEIndiesC-USATier 6MACWACSB

You going to continue to follow the Conf stats and positions, or are going to start after the first BCS poll is released. I've noticed most around here seem to follow all year 'round.

September 13, 2011  08:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You have that traveling "TROLL" circus working for you I see! LOL, no biggy, I have extremely thick skin thanks to the military. Have a good one!

Check yourself. UB is one of the least trollish people on these boards, but sometimes even his BS meter compels him to respectfully point out inconsistencies. If you simmer down and take another look at his comment, it was a fair question. Looks like your thick skin failed you on this one.

September 13, 2011  08:59 PM ET

Conference rankings? LOL!

September 13, 2011  09:00 PM ET

What's next, ranking the referees?

September 13, 2011  09:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Check yourself. UB is one of the least trollish people on these boards, but sometimes even his BS meter compels him to respectfully point out inconsistencies. If you simmer down and take another look at his comment, it was a fair question. Looks like your thick skin failed you on this one.

Relax, it's called "bait and tackle" maneuver. Learn something new every day. I have no problem with your man, or anyone else. Just the teenager trolls maybe....and the TV spammers....and spam in general! lol

September 13, 2011  09:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Conference rankings? LOL!

My point exacly! But this posting was for the people who like to discuss it. So no biggie.

September 13, 2011  09:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What's next, ranking the referees?

Nope, ranking the "rank and file" I guess.

September 13, 2011  09:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Nope, ranking the "rank and file" I guess.

Who are the biggest athletic supporters? SEC fans of course.

:)

September 13, 2011  09:39 PM ET

LOL, you are correct! That is a gimmie!

September 13, 2011  10:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What's next, ranking the referees?

Easy one there:

Everyone else > SEC and P12 refs.

September 13, 2011  10:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What's next, ranking the referees?

Ranking cheerleaders may get more page hits.

 
September 13, 2011  10:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Easy one there:Everyone else > SEC and P12 refs.

I forgot about the SEC's legendary "home cooking." Even SEC fans would concede they have the worst refs, but they probably wouldn't say it out loud.

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