Archive | September, 2013

Conference Rankings Week 5, 2013

29 Sep

Shuffling at the bottom would be the headline if I actually wrote headlines for this blog.  The top six conferences stayed put, while the bottom four switched positions.  Interestingly, all four bottom conferences increased their scores, it’s just that some did so more than others.  The AAC managed to stay on the positive side, which they came close to not doing with their bottom teams being the only ones to play this week, with the exception of Houston.  If the Big 12 ever decides to expand again, Houston will probably be the team they choose since they’re playing so well.

2013 Week Five

1.  Pac 12    = 1.515

2.  SEC         = 1.435

3.  ACC         = 1.264

4.  Big 10     = 1.191

5.  Big 12     =   .866

6.  AAC         =   .162

7.  MWC       = – .054

8.  Sun Belt  = – .093

9.  MAC        = – .191

10. C-USA     = – .274

Conference Rankings Week 4, 2013

23 Sep

Conference Realignment is starting to show its affects on the college football world in the strength of the conferences.  As the major conferences cherry-pick the mid-majors, they are choosing the best of those teams which increases the competitive gap.  Also, the mid-majors then dip down into the FCS to bring teams up to fill the vacant spots.  This appears to have caused a wider split between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”

That being said, the Pac 12 sits atop the conference rankings for the second consecutive week and actually increased their point total.  The Big 10 fell from second to fourth, and the AAC overtook the Sun Belt to make sure all the major conference are together at the top.  As usual, on-field results has caused conference shuffling as you see below.

2013 Week Four

1.  Pac 12    = 1.515

2.  SEC         = 1.342

3.  ACC         = 1.266

4.  Big 10     = 1.244

5.  Big 12     =   .703

6.  AAC         =   .354

7.  Sun Belt  = – .076

8.  MWC       = – .181

9.  C-USA      = – .190

10. MAC        = – .302

2013 Conference Rankings Week Three

16 Sep

We had major movement this week in the rankings due to on-field results.  The Pac 12 soared while most others seemed to stumble.  The Sun Belt is the most surprising of the non-AQ conferences with their climb to number six.  That means one AQ conference has fallen out of the top six.  Of course, that conference would be the AAC.  The Big 12 is disappointing this year as well.  The conference lost points with once dependable teams falling this past week.

Last week I said that the rankings should change this week, and they changed much more than I anticipated.  I wonder what will happen next week?

 

2013 Week Three

1.  Pac 12    = 1.444

2.  Big 10     = 1.277

3.  SEC         = 1.250

4.  ACC        = 1.130

5.  Big 12     = 0.608

6.  Sun Belt  = 0.105

7.  AAC         = 0.083

8.  C-USA     = -.085

9.  MWC       = -.107

10. MAC       = -.285

2013 Conference Rankings Week Two

9 Sep

It seems this week shows more of the separation between the haves and have-not’s, than it does anything else.  A few years ago the Mountain West Conference was knocking on the door of the BCS Conferences, but now it seems the non BCS Conferences are fighting to see which one is the worst.  This week that dishonor falls to Conference USA, but who knows who will stumble to the bottom next week?

Concerning the major conferences, the Big 10 clawed to the top over the surprising ACC with a strong showing over other major conference teams.  However, it’s a long season and the next few weeks should make it clear just where the conferences stand.

Week Two 2013

1.  Big Ten = 1.583

2.  ACC = 1.437

3.  SEC = 1.304

4.  Pac 12 = 1.111

5.  Big 12 = 0.750

6.  AAC = 0.062

7.  Sun Belt = -.062

8.  MAC = -.260

9.  MWC = -.272

10. C-USA = -.291

2013 Conference Rankings Week One

7 Sep

More major shifts in conference alignment has seen the renaming of the Big East to the American Athletic Conference, and the demise of the Western Athletic Conference.  How does that affect these rankings?  It really doesn’t affect the rankings since these are conference rankings and not team rankings.  Whatever conference a team is in determines the value placed on that team either winning or losing.  The value the conferences have depends on NCAA values, so nothing has really changed when it comes to how the conference rankings are determined.

That being said, let’s look at what week one showed us about the out of conference wins and losses that affected the standings below.  The ACC came out the big winner, for a change.  The Big 12, usually so strong, faltered after Kansas State and Iowa State went down to FCS opponents.  The conference having the most difficulty was the Mountain West Conference, finishing last in the standings as the once powerful conference seems to have fallen on hard times.  Of course, this is only week one.  Over the next few weeks we should see some shuffling as more wins and losses are added to the sample.

 

Week One Conference Rankings

1.  ACC  = 1.714

2.  Big 10 = 1.416

3.  SEC  = 1.333

4.  Pac 12 = 0.700

5.  Big 12 = 0.555

6.  C-USA = 0.000

Sun Belt = 0.000

8.  MAC  = -.153

9.  AAC  = -.222

10. MWC = -.583