Ranking The BCS Conferences By Position (Wide Receivers)

Brian HoodAnalyst IAugust 6, 2008

On to the Wide Receiver portion of my conference breakdown by position.  When evaluating the talent at the wide-out position, I am attempting to locate the best players by themselves.  By that I mean there are some wide receivers who greatly benefit from either the quarterback throwing them the ball or the system they are in.  Granted this has some affect but I am trying not to list simply the best "fantasy" players.  I have implemented a star system to try to give a better understanding as to why I ranked them where I did.  Anyone not on here received a two star or fewer and did not make the cut.  They may have contributed to the depth of the conference however.  Without further ado, I give you the BCS conference ranking based on their Wide Receivers:


1. BIG 12

2. SEC

3. PAC 10

4. BIG 10

5. ACC


BIG 12:

5 Star: Michael Crabtree(Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin(Missouri)

4 Star: Dez Bryant(Oklahoma St.), Juaquin Iglesias(Oklahoma)

3 Star: Dezmon Briscoe/Dexton Fields(Kansas), Quan Cosby(Texas)


5 Star: Percy Harvin(Florida)

4 Star: Kenny McKinley(S. Carolina), Demetrius Byrd(LSU)

3 Star: Lucas Taylor(Tennessee), Brandon Lafell(LSU), Dicky Lyons(Kentucky)

PAC 10:

5 Star: None

4 Star: Brandon Gibson(Wash. St.), Mike Thomas(Arizona), Mike Jones(Arizona St.)

3 Star: Sammie Stroughter(Oreg St.), Patrick Turner(USC), Jaison Williams(Oregon)

BIG 10:

5 Star: Brian Robiskie(Ohio St.)

4 Star: Arrelious Benn(Illinois)

3 Star: Eric Decker(Minn), Greg Orton(Purdue), Derrick Williams(Penn St.)


5 Star: Aaron Kelly(Clemson)

4 Star: None

3 Star: Darrius Heyward-Bey(Maryland), Hakeem Nicks(N. Carolina), Preston Parker/Greg Carr(FSU)


5 Star: None

4 Star: Kenny Britt(Rutgers)

3 Star: Derek Kinder(Pitt.), Marcus Barnett(Cincinnati), Tiquan Underwood(Rutgers)

--The BIG 12's receivers are talented and deep, just like the conference's quarterbacks throwing them the ball.  No wonder the conference has turned into a pass-happy league.  Percy Harvin leads the batch of SEC receivers but behind him, the star power is not as immense as their BIG 12 counterparts.  The PAC 10 has a strong group of receivers however there is not one who has achieved "elite" status.  That hurts them in the ranking.  The BIG 10 is seeing more teams pass the ball, showcasing their array of talent at that position.  Robiskie and Benn highlight this group but as a whole they remain behind some other leagues.  The ACC conference has one standout, Aaron Kelly.  No doubt there is talent behind him but a bevy of receivers have yet to reach their potential or simply don't have the quarterback to get them the ball.  Rounding out the ranking is the BIG EAST.  Not much depth here but the combination of Britt and Underwood at Rutgers could be devastating to opposing defenders. 

*Thanks for reading.  Any thoughts?