I wrote an article almost a week ago asking people to weigh in on which conference is the best based on winning percentage against the other BCS Conferences in the past five years. If you did not answer, sorry, but here is the answer.
If you would like to read the article to see what people said, here is a link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/264389-which-conference-is-most-dominant-in-college-football
The rules were as follows:
The conferences involved are BCS Conferences—ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, SEC
The winning percentages involve ONLY inter-conference play, such as when an ACC team plays an SEC team.
These games include all regular season and bowl games for the past five years, including this year up-to-date.
Teams that switched conferences are counted for the conference they were in at the time of the win. ie. Boston College's 2004 season counts for the Big East, not the ACC.
1. Conference A: 0.595 - That's right! The Pac 10 Conference. I found that the Pac 10 played a lot out of out-of-conference games to boost their strength of schedule and won, which helped their winning percentage. No, it is not all because of USC either. Without USC, they still had a 0.532 winning percentage.
2. Conference B: 0.576 - About 45% of the people that responded to the poll said the SEC was the best. Top to bottom, I would agree this is arguably the best conference. Based on their winning percentage, they are second behind the Pac 10. And yes, these conferences played several times over the past five years. The SEC did beat the Pac 10 eight times; however, seven were at home. How different would this be if the SEC was forced to travel? They would probably be about even, seeing as how the home team usually wins between these conferences.
3. Conference C: 0.500 - The Big 12. They have played the least out-of-conference games next to the Pac 10. There are some consistent teams to play other BCS Conferences, such as Baylor, Missouri, and Iowa State. Some of these are yearly games, such as Iowa versus Iowa State. Most of their BCS Conference games came in the bowl games.
4. Conference D: 0.489 - The Big East. Yes, they are a BCS Conference and they are better than two others. The Big East tries to boost their schedule by playing one or two games consistently before the conference play begins. Almost every Big East team plays at least one BCS Conference game during the regular season every year. This is the only conference that can make that claim.
5. Conference E: 0.452 - The Big Ten has been going downhill for a while. This shows how far they have fallen. Most of the Big Ten has given up road games to play easier MAC and Conference USA teams at home. Because of this, they usually lose the bowl games to the SEC and Pac 10.
6. Conference F: 0.429 - The ACC has played way more out-of-conference games than any other conference; however, they have also lost way more out-of-conference games than any other BCS Conference. The ACC has gone 54-72 the past five years. Most of their opponents are the SEC in rivalry games and the Big East before the ACC season starts.
I hope you all enjoyed this trivia question. Thanks for playing!