November 14, 2008
No other conference in the nation can match the SEC's speed on defense. The SEC has five ranked teams, along with Alabama and Florida ranked in the top three.
People may think that there is not enough offense for the SEC to be ranked ahead of the Big 12, but there are four teams that average more than 30 points per game.
2. Big 12
I just can't put all of those high-powered offenses ahead of the SEC until I see them play against a tough defense.
I know that they have more top 15 teams, and more Heisman candidates, but the toughest out-of-conference game I could find was when Oklahoma played TCU at home.
It's a very debatable decision putting the ACC at No. 3, especially with the ACC not having a team with more than seven wins.
The part I didn't add though, was that the ACC is the most balanced conference in college football with eight bowl eligible teams already! The ACC is still up for grabs, and it seems as if there is a new leader of each division after every week.
4. Big Ten
There was another big shake-up in college football after Iowa upset Penn State last Saturday. The downfall of Michigan has hurt the Big Ten's ranking, but Michigan State has made up for that with a 9-2 record.
5. Mountain West
The Mountain West has jumped the Big East and Pac-10 this year after having three teams ranked in the top 18 and Air Force at 8-2.
Utah could be one of the top teams in the nation, but I doubt it only because their what seemed to be a "big upset" over Michigan wasn't as Michigan only has three wins.
Previously, I had the Pac-10 as the fourth-best conference, but after seeing they only had two teams in the top 25, I dropped them down to No. 6.
USC is the conference's only good team, and they seem to always lose to weaker division opponents. Arizona State and UCLA have been big disappointments this year, which has caused a lot of lost respect for the Pac-10.
7. Big East
There isn't really anything positive to say about this weak Big East as there isn't a team ranked higher than 20. Pat White and Matt Grothe have been everything but Heisman candidates, as they've led their teams to 6-3 records.
Maybe you can say that the Big East is consistent. Too bad their consistency is being average, having a winning percentage of under 60 percent.
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