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SEC claims top spot in Power Rankings

10/17/2011

After four straight weeks of Big 12 dominance, the SEC is again atop the ESPN Stats & Info Conference Power Rankings.

Wins by the SEC’s top teams vaulted the conference over the Big 12 in the AP Rankings and narrowed the gap in the computer rankings. The SEC now has six teams ranked in the AP Top 25, more teams than any other conference. It is the only conference with three teams ranked in the AP Top 10 and four teams ranked in the AP Top 15.

Losses by the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns hurt the Big 12 in the conference rankings as both schools dropped out of the AP Top 25 and fell in the computer rankings. While the Big 12 is the only conference with three undefeated teams, intra-conference losses have diminished the strong starts of many Big 12 schools.

Despite two-of-three undefeated teams losing in the Big Ten this weekend, parity within the conference continues to shift them up the rankings. The Big Ten has six teams with one or fewer losses and four teams that are already bowl eligible. No other conference can make either of these claims.

The Pac-12 and ACC remained in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The Pac-12 has five teams with five or more wins, but low computer rankings have hurt the conference in our power rankings as no team in the Pac-12 is ranked in the top 10 by the computers.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets loss to the Virginia Cavaliers dropped them eight spots in the AP rankings, and the North Carolina Tar Heels loss to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes prevented the Tar Heels from starting 6-1 and likely receiving AP votes.

ESPN Stats & Info Week 7 Conference Power Rankings