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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
ACC finishes fifth in power rankings

By Andrea Adelson

The season has come to a close, so that means it is time to take one final look at where the ACC stands among all conferences.

Bowl season did not change much.

The ACC finished No. 5 in the final ESPN Stats & Information conference power rankings, where it stood for a majority of the season. Despite a 4-2 bowl record and two teams ranked in the top 11 of the final AP poll, the ACC was unable to surge ahead of the Big Ten. The gap between the two conferences only closed a smidge between the end of the regular season and today.

But if there is one thing the league can take pride in, it is that bowl record. The ACC went 4-2 in bowl season, one of the more pleasant surprises of the postseason. Both the ACC and Big Ten came into its final games with something to prove. The ACC did just that, with big wins for Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

The Big Ten? Well, the Big Ten flopped again -- going 2-5 in its bowl games. The only league with a worse bowl record? The Mountain West, which went 1-4. Further proof that I was right when I wrote this last month.

Now, the Big Ten has more ranked teams in the final AP and coaches' polls. But the Big Ten does not have two teams ranked in the top 11. And its best team was ineligible for postseason play. So I will leave it to you to decide which league had the better season.

And for those wondering, the SEC finished atop the rankings.