SEC, ACC, Big 10, PAC 10, Big 12, Big East, Which Conference Is Better?

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SEC, ACC, Big 10, PAC 10, Big 12, Big East, Which Conference Is Better?
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While reading articles this summer, something has become more than obvious to me: There is a movement to attempt to keep the SEC out of the BCS Championship Game.

Their logic seems to be that every conference is equal; therefore the team with the best record should play in the championship game.

Of course, this raised my curiosity, and I felt the need to look at these conferences of cupcakes.

I found that the group of teams comprising the modern SEC has been the strongest current configuration of teams in a conference for at least 50 years and likely for all time.

To compare with other conferences, I initially found that the SEC was plainly dominant in average wins per team over each of the last three decades. I then realized that some would claim this was due to the SEC breaking the rules, so I then corrected the equation for games vacated for SEC teams.

Even after doing this there was only one conference that beat out the SEC over one 10-year period by .08 of one point. The SEC either clearly won or tied every other conference throughout the last 30 years.

The SEC had more members with top winning percentages for every time period going back to the invention of football. When a conference has more winning teams and more wins per team, no matter if you look at the last five, 10, 20, or 30 years, it would seem to me that they deserve looking at for every BCS Championship.

 

There is not any doubt that they play in the strongest conference.

Some of the proof for my findings is listed below.

 

SEC

Team

Wins All-Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Alabama

792

226

58

Arkansas

658

211

71

Auburn

689

246

87

Florida

654

278

100

Georgia

731

259

98

Kentucky

567

141

50

LSU

709

223

99

Mississippi

615

180

63

Mississippi State

490

155

42

South Carolina

535

173

68

Tennessee

783

259

83

Vanderbilt

556

101

34

 

 

The SEC averaged 6.81 wins per team over the last 30 years and 7.12 wins per team over the last 10 years.

How do other conferences compare?

 

Big Ten

Team

Wins All-Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Illinois

565

158

44

Indiana

444

130

39

Iowa

579

219

80

Michigan

877

264

81

Michigan State

617

183

60

Minnesota

639

149

62

Northwestern

461

123

61

Ohio State

819

275

102

Penn State

811

262

77

Purdue

575

160

67

Wisconsin

613

202

86

Nebraska*

827

295

84

  • Will be a member in 2011

Big Ten teams averaged 6.72 wins per team over the last 30 years and 7.03 wins per team per year over the last 10 years.

 

To give every advantage in this study, the record of teams being added to the conference for 2011 were included. This should give a good indication of how conference hierarchy will be going forward.

 

Pac-12

Team

Wins All-Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Arizona

552

187

49

Arizona State

549

201

65

California

626

162

71

Oregon

569

207

88

Oregon State

496

131

80

Stanford

562

151

47

UCLA

537

218

67

USC

775

248

102

Washington

658

215

49

Washington State

492

163

57

Colorado*

666

195

58

Utah*

607

211

86

  • Will be a member in 2011

 

The Pac-12 averaged 6.36 wins per team over the last 30 years and 6.82 wins per team over the last 10 years.

To give every advantage in this study, the record of teams being added to the conference for 2011 were included. This should give a good indication of how conference hierarchy will be going forward.

 

ACC

Team

Wins All-Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Boston College

624

206

88

Clemson

641

235

79

Duke

452

99

19

Florida State

454

270

73

Georgia Tech

672

190

81

Maryland

601

172

71

Miami

553

283

92

North Carolina

647

192

53

North Carolina St.

533

183

65

Virginia

614

198

65

Virginia Tech

668

242

99

Wake Forest

409

145

61

 

 

The ACC averaged 6.70 wins per team over the last 30 years and 7.05 wins per year over the last 10 years.

 

Big 12

Team

Wins All Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Baylor

524

149

34

Colorado*

666

195

58

Iowa State

489

129

55

Kansas

568

151

57

Kansas State

459

180

71

Missouri

610

158

70

Nebraska*

827

295

84

Oklahoma

799

262

110

Oklahoma State

507

178

67

Texas

845

257

110

Texas A&M

665

228

63

Texas Tech

511

195

85

 

*Losing member in 2011

This conference averaged 6.60 wins per team over the last 30 years and 7.2 wins per team over the last 10 years.

This conference averaged 6.29 wins over the last 30 years and 7.2 wins per year over the last 10 years without the members they are losing in 2011.

 

Big East

Team

Wins All-Time

Wins Last 30 Years

Wins Last Decade

Cincinnati

542

169

78

Connecticut

New Program

New Program

62 (Less than 10)

Louisville

441

184

83

Pittsburgh

663

186

74

Rutgers

606

143

58

South Florida

New Program

New Program

68

Syracuse

678

192

45

West Virginia

682

228

86

 

This conference averaged 6.12 wins per team over the last 30 years and 7.02 wins per team over the last 10 years.

 

 

There are some factors to be considered in this equation. To be completely fair with these figures, all current teams were used in the figures for a conference; all known future members were also added to these conferences even though the conferences themselves did not exist in some cases during the entire period.

Now let’s take a look at conference members in the top 25 in terms of winning percentage over time. For purposes of being ultra fair, members changing conferences for the 2011 season will count for their current and future conference. Vacated wins by SEC teams were counted against their winning percentage. Vacated wins were allowed for all other teams in other conferences, again to be ultra fair.

 

Top 25 Members in Winning Percentage

Conference

All-Time

50 years

30 years

20 years

10 years

Five years

SEC

6

7

5

5

5

4

Big 12

4

3

5

5

4

4

Big Ten

4

4

5

5

5

3

ACC

3

4

3

3

3

2

Pac-12

2

4

3

3

4

3

Big East

1

1

1

2

2

3

 

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