The first edition of the 2011 ESPN conference Power Rankings is out, and Big East fans are probably not going to like the results. The league sits at No. 7 after Week 2, just behind the Mountain West.
Of course, that is a move up from the final Power Rankings of 2010, when the Big East was ranked No. 8, behind the WAC, Mountain West and ACC.
ESPN Stats & Information compiles the rankings using a formula that equally weighs the rankings from the AP Poll and a compilation of available BCS computer rankings. You will see a big discrepancy between the AP rank and the computer rank, though. The Big East is at No. 7 in the AP rank and No. 4 in the computer ranking and has made significant gains since last season.
No doubt a 4-4 record in Week 2 did not help matters. But with five games this week against teams from each of the other five AQ conferences, the league certainly has a chance to make up some ground. The Big East is a little over 13 points away from the ACC in the current rankings.