There is a lot of talk swirling around college football about which conference is the best. The obvious choices for many fans are the SEC and the PAC-10. With California beating Tennessee in week 1, the PAC-10 wants recognition. Lets approach this dilema...
One easy way to compare conferences is to look at the rankings.
USC is #1 in several polls. Does that give the PAC-10 the edge over other conferences?
The SEC has 6 ranked teams in the current polls. Clearly having half of your conference ranked in the top 25 gives you a boost in the conference rankings.
So which conference is #1? Neither the SEC nor the PAC-10.
Check out the non-conference winning percentages after week 2:
Big 12 75% (18-6)
Big East 87.5% (14-2)
Big 10 81.8% (18-4)
PAC-10 81.3% (13-3)
SEC 82.4% (14-3)
Clearly, the Big East has been the best confence this year...with 7/8 undefeated teams going in to week 3 (talk about top to bottom)! Each of these 5 conferences have at least 6 undefeated teams at the moment. So who is the Big East playing in week 3?
West Virginia @ Maryland Win 31-14
Cincinnati @ Miami (Ohio)
Pittsburgh @ Michigan State
Connecticut vs. Temple
South Florida...bye week
Louisville @ Kentucky
Rutgers vs. Norfolk St
Syracuse vs. Illinois (Illinois had one of the top recruiting classes)
I really don't see the Big East losing this week except for that last game. Then again...Ron Zook is an awful coach.