The Big East maintains its slim lead over the Big Ten. Interestingly, the computer rankings slightly favor the Big Ten this week, but the human bonus strongly leans towards the Big East. We’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: The Big East receives A LOT of love from the pollsters.
Taking away Minnesota (25th in the coaches poll, NR in the AP) and West Virginia (25th in the AP poll, NR in the coaches), the Big East has seven schools -- 44 percent of its conference -- in the human polls. The Big Ten has three schools – 27 percent of its conference -- in the human polls. The average rank of schools from each conference in the polls is roughly the same, somewhere between 9 and 10.
The Big 12 is the clear No. 3 and is essentially miles away from catching No. 2 or being caught by No. 4 (ACC).
The Pac-10 moves ahead of the SEC this week after the two conferences were tied in last week’s ratings. Perhaps this will wash away the Pac-10’s ill-feelings after Auburn’s triumph against Oregon in football?
Here is how the rest of the field looks: