Week 11 College Football Conference Power Rankings
It's fairly obvious, even to the most vitriolic SEC hating fan, that conference is the best in the nation.
Six teams sit in the Top 15 of the new BCS poll, and Alabama is the unquestioned top team in the nation (sorry, Oregon fans).
But what about the rest of the conferences?
This list runs down a power ranking of every FBS conference heading into Week 11, including each conference's non-conference record against FBS foes.
The SEC is on top, so there is no surprise there, but you may not find the other usual suspects where they are expected.
C-USA has found a home at the bottom of the conference power rankings.
The conference does not have a single team with fewer than two losses.
It's FBS record is atrocious, and the conference's best team was waxed by Navy last week, 56-28.
Wen one throws in the fact that only one team has a winning record, its easy to see why this conference is bringing up the rear.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 7-35
Teams Raked in BCS: 0
The Sun Belt has five teams over .500, with four of those teams tied at 6-3.
Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, ULM and Western Kentucky are all in logjam atop the standings.
These teams are beating up on each other in conference play, and it's possible no team will finish in the conference with fewer than four losses.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 10-19
Teams Ranked in BCS: 0
Boise State loss to San Diego State knocked the only representative the MWC had out of the BCS rankings.
Besides that, the bottom three teams in the conference are only a combined 5-21 on the season.
While BSU, Nevada, Fresno State and Air Force fight for the conference title, none of them will finish with fewer than three losses.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 11-20
Teams ranked in BCS: 0
Western Athletic Conference
Louisiana Tech headlines this conference, sitting at No.19 in the new AP poll.
But the big reason that this conference is ranked higher than the MWC at this point in the season is Utah State.
The Aggies are 8-2, and sitting half a game ahead of the Bulldogs in the conference.
Of course, there are only four teams in the conference left over .500, so they barely jump ahead of the Mountain West.
Non-Conference FBS Record:12-13
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 20 La. Tech
Yes, it seems a bit unfair to have the Big East down at number seven when they have one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the nation (Louisville).
But Kent State recently knocked off Rutgers, and five out of the eight teams in the conference have losing records.
The MAC has two more non-conference FBS wins than the Big East, and UConn and USF have both lost to MAC foes.
There is still time for the Big East to move up in these rankings, but its not very likely.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 14-11
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 23 Rutgers, No. 9 Louisville
The MAC has now jumped the Big East in these rankings.
Maybe that should have happened a while ago, but it's taking place now.
Kent State defeated previously undefeated Rutgers last week, and the conference has four teams with only one loss on the season, two in each division.
Really, if we are being entirely reasonable, the MAC and Big East are about even, but just for kicks and giggles lets leave the MAC just ahead by virtue of their strong conference leaders.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 15-26
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 25 Toledo
So, the ACC.
Seven of the 12 teams have winning records, Florida State is quietly working to within striking distance of the BCS title game, and the conference seems to have steadily improved over the course of the season.
Not having an undefeated team hurts the ranking, as does the horrible non-conference record.
The good news, however, is that the conference is not as bad as the Big East.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 13-15
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 13 Clemson, No. 10 Florida State
The Big Ten has suffered through some tough times, and finds itself in the bottom half of BCS conferences in these rankings.
Only one team in the conference has fewer than two losses, Ohio State, and the Buckeyes are disqualified from post-season play.
As a matter of fact, of Wisconsin wins next week, and bumps their record to 7-3 and just 3-3 in the conference, they are assured a spot in the conference title game and a chance to make the Rose Bowl with a 3-5 conference record if they with the Big Ten title game.
That nightmare scenario cannot be avoided at this point, as the top two teams in the Leaders Division, Penn State and the Buckeyes are banned from postseason play.
To put it simply, there are just a whole bunch of average teams in this conference, and not many good ones.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 26-14
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 24 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska (Ohio State 10-0 but not eligible for BCS)
Kansas State is carrying the torch for this conference, sitting at 9-0, with wins over Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia already.
But this conference is a little more than just "Optimus Klein" and his teammates.
While the next ranked team after K-State going into the weekend was Oklahoma at 12, there are four Big 12 teams in the BCS rankings this week.
Oklahoma State is going to fall out of the rankings after losing to the Wildcats, but there should still be five ranked teams from the conference when the rankings are released again this week.
The conference has eight out of 10 teams that currently have winning records, more than any other conference with the exception of the SEC and the Pac-12.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 17-4
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 22 Texas Tech, No. 17 Texas, No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 2 Kansas State
Before we talk about the Pac-12, lets get a little plug in here for Kenjon Barner.
The man has not played more than a half of football all season until the USC game, and we all saw what he did in that game: 321 yards and five touchdowns.
Give the man some Heisman hype.
Moving on, Oregon is the only undefeated team in the conference, and clearly better than any other team in the conference.
If Oregon State keeps winning, they will be a top ten team again by the time the two teams face off in the "Civil War."
UCLA is back in the BCS rankings this weekend, and USC, in spite of some disappointing performances, is also still in the BCS rankings this week.
The conference seems to be fairly strong, with eight teams that have winning records, but eight of the 12 teams have at least three losses.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 17-9
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 19 USC, No. 18 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 3 Oregon
This one is easy.
The SEC is not just all hype, even though most of us wish that was true.
Alabama is far and away the best team in the nation, ranked at the top of the polls and has done their part to keep the conference at the top of these rankings.
But it's not just 'Bama.
Even if LSU drops out of the top ten after their loss to the Tide over the weekend, the conference will still have four teams in the Top 10: 'Bama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
We will almost certainly have another SEC representative in the BCS title game, and probably two teams in the BCS.
There is no arguing that there is a better conference at this point in the season.
Non-Conference FBS Record: 25-8
Teams Ranked in BCS: No. 21 Mississippi State, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 8 South Carolina, No. 7 LSU, No. 6 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 1 Alabama