The initial release of USA Today’s Coaches Poll not only sets the base line for the weekly rankings as the season goes on, it also provides us with an absolute plethora of accessory information.
Everything from predicted order of divisional and conference finish to Heisman odds can be at least partially inferred from the rankings which makes the idea of conference power ranking seem a fairly obvious by-product of the first polls.
And so, the following slideshow power ranks the BCS conferences by number of member appearances in the Coaches Poll and also provides average rankings and percentage of teams ranked for each.
Of the 25 slots available in the poll 22 are filled by BCS conference members, two are occupied by Mountain West teams (Boise State at No. 7 and TCU at No. 15) and one is owned by independent Notre Dame at No. 18.