- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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The SEC remains atop ESPN Stats & Info's Conference Power Rankings, but the Pac-12 has moved ahead of the Big Ten into third place behind the No. 2 Big 12.
The Pac-12 moved up even after Arizona State was upset at UCLA and fell out of the national polls.
From the story:
For the first time this year, the Pac-12 jumped to third in the rankings after decisive wins by Stanford, Oregon and USC. The computers rank the Pac-12 as the fifth-strongest conference, but Stanford and Oregon's Top-7 rankings give the Pac-12 a significant edge over the Big Ten in AP points.
Currently, the Big Ten does not have a team ranked higher than 12th in the AP poll. Losses by Nebraska and Michigan significantly hurt the conference's average AP rank, as the two teams dropped a combined 19 spots and 939 points in the poll this week. There is no dominant team in the Big Ten, but Penn State can improve their rank and recoup lost points for the Big Ten if they beat Nebraska next week.
The Pac-12 actually lost points but just not as many as the tumbling Big Ten. The Pac-12 was 3.2 points behind the Big Ten last week, and now it's 0.9 ahead. Three weeks ago, the Big Ten was 22 points ahead of the Pac-12.
The ACC, however, gained ground on the Pac-12. It was 18 points behind last week. This week it is just 11.3 points behind.
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