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Week 9 College Football Conference Power Rankings

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IINovember 7, 2016

Week 9 College Football Conference Power Rankings

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    Week 8 of the NCAA football season had its ups and downs. A few teams got some huge wins while others tasted defeat for the first time this season. 

    Now that the smoke has cleared, it's time to sort things out and figure out which conference would reign supreme in the power rankings. 

    Will the SEC continue its dominance? Will any of the big conferences make a move? Can anything help poor little Conference USA? 

    Read on to find out where your favorite conference stands.

11. Conference USA

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    Once again, Conference USA finds itself at the bottom of the pack. C-USA had another rough week with eight of its teams giving up at least 35 points. 

    Tulsa, the leader of C-USA West, had a bye while the C-USA East leader Central Florida earned an easy victory over Marshall, 54-17. 

    Rice picked up its third win of the season against an 0-8 Southern Miss team as Tulane got its second win of the season over 1-7 UAB. 

    Conference USA gave up a lot of points in Week 9, even in victory. Along with nine teams at .500 or worse, that is why the conference sits at the bottom of this week's power rankings. 

10. Western Athletic Conference

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    The WAC is just that. Wack. While four of the seven teams are .500 or better, they showed in Week 9 that just a few teams can't make a conference.

    Week 9 showed the best in the WAC beat up on the worst as Utah State beat University of Texas-San Antonio 48-17, Louisiana Tech beat the last-place New Mexico State Aggies 28-14, and San Jose State beat Texas State 31-20. 

    One positive for the lower-end WAC teams was that Idaho didn't lose. The Vandals were on a well-deserved bye week after losing 70-28 to Louisiana Tech the previous week. 

9. Sun Belt Conference

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    There are two teams in the Sun Belt Conference that are bowl eligible. Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky have a chance to sneak into a bowl game if they keep playing well. The rest of the Sun Belt won't be as lucky.

    Week 9 in the Sun Belt was a strange one. Troy now stands at 4-4 after losing to the 2-6 Owls of Florida Atlantic. Louisiana-Lafayette allowed Arkansas State to hang 50 on them in a loss. Louisiana-Monroe, the same team that beat a ranked Arkansas team in Week 1, beat 2-6 South Alabama by just 14. 

    Middle Tennessee got the better of North Texas while the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, who sit at second in the Sun Belt, beat last-place Florida International by a slim margin of 14-6. 

8. Mid-American Conference

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    The MAC has moved up from last week due to some big performances. The MAC is lopsided this season with four teams with just one loss and four teams with zero to one wins. 

    Kent State helped the MAC this week by downing No.15 Rutgers, 35-23, in a big upset. More MAC magic went down when Miami (Ohio) handed MAC front-runner Ohio its first loss of the season. 

    Northern Illinois also got a victory last week, improving to 8-1 this season. 

    However, the week wasn't kind to everyone in the MAC. UMass remains winless after losing 49-7 to Vanderbilt. Eastern Michigan fell to 1-7 with a loss to Bowling Green, and Buffalo dropped its seventh game of the year to Toledo. 

    Overall, the big dogs in the MAC continued to perform well last week, earning them the eight spot. 

7. Mountain West Conference

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    The Mountain West Conference slides in at No. 7 this week. 

    The MWC had a good week for a smaller conference with lesser-known teams. Conference leader Boise State got an easy 45-14 victory over Wyoming to gather its seventh consecutive victory and a spot at No. 19 in the rankings. 

    Fresno State and San Diego State each got victories as they look to make up ground behind Boise State. Air Force improved to 5-3, giving Nevada its second consecutive loss in a 48-31 game.

    After last week, the MWC has five teams with a record of .500 or better, which is precisely why they got the seventh spot on this list. 

6. Big East Conference

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    The Big East will stay in the sixth spot in the power rankings this week. The Big East suffered a few big name losses, but it has a few teams that are getting hot at the right time to keep it at No. 6 in the power rankings. 

    Louisville stayed perfect with an overtime victory over Cincinnati to stay undefeated in the conference. Pittsburgh improved to 4-4 with a 47-17 win over Temple, earning its second consecutive win. Syracuse also got its second win in a row after defeating South Florida 37-36.

    Rutgers still sits in first place in the Big East, despite Kent State winning 35-23 in their matchup.

    Temple, South Florida and Cincinnati all took losses last week week. 

5. Atlantic Coast Conference

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    Once again, the ACC comes in fifth in the power rankings. The ACC is very competitive this season with Florida State, Clemson and Duke all eligible for bowl games.

    The ACC has some very strong teams and is starting to look like basketball isn't its only sport. Conference leaders Florida State and Clemson both got victories as they continue to battle for the ACC Atlantic. 

    In the ACC Coastal, Duke fell to Florida State while UNC got a rivalry win over NC State.

    Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Maryland also fell last week as Virginia, Virginia Tech and Miami all enjoyed their bye weeks. 

4. Pac-12

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    The Pac-12 falls to No. 4 in the power rankings this week after a tough week. 

    USC was given its second loss of the year against 5-3 Arizona, while Oregon State got its first loss of the season against a .500 Washington squad. 

    Oregon trounced 1-7 Colorado, 70-14, as Utah snapped its four-game losing streak with a win against Cal. 

    The Pac-12 is a solid conference but didn't have it last week. Three of its top teams scored losses, while Oregon rolled over an easy opponent. 

3. Big Ten

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    The Big Ten bumped up to No. 3 this week in the power rankings coming off some great performances. 

    Indiana scored its first win since Week 1, beating Illinois 31-17 for Illinois' fifth loss in a row. Nebraska gained a huge victory of Michigan, Michigan State beat Wisconsin in overtime and Minnesota improved to 5-3 with a win over Purdue. 

    Ohio State stayed perfect with a win over Penn State as it kept rolling. 

    The Big Ten has played very well all season and has remained highly competitive throughout, earning them the third spot in the power rankings. 

2. Big 12

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    The Big 12 stays in second this week after some big wins and a few disappointing losses. 

    Kansas State kept the Big 12 going with a 55-24 win over Texas Tech—K-State's fifth straight game scoring more than 50 points. 

    Texas improved to 6-2 against Kansas, Oklahoma State beat TCU for their third win in a row and Iowa State beat Baylor. 

    Oklahoma suffered the biggest loss for the Big 12 last weekend at the hands of Notre Dame. If Oklahoma could've upset one of the hottest teams in the nation, the Big 12 might be sitting at No. 1. 

    But instead...

1. SEC

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    The SEC will stay at the top this week. The SEC is too good from top to bottom to not be in first. 

    The Crimson Tide of Alabama continued to roll, beating Mississippi State 38-7 to remain perfect. Georgia got the better of Florida in a huge game as Ole Miss got its second consecutive win against Arkansas. 

    Another high point for the SEC last week was Texas A&M. A&M got its second loss of the season two weeks ago, but last week it came back with a vengeance.  A&M laid the smackdown on Auburn, beating the Tigers 63-21. 

    The SEC holds strong in first place this week after another great week of football. Almost every team in the conference (Auburn is an exception) puts up a fight week in and week out. 

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