Introducing: Conference Power Rankings

September, 13, 2010
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With two weeks of the 2010 college football season here and gone, ESPN Stats & Info takes a look at where the various FBS conferences stack up at this point of the season.

The rankings system uses a formula that equally weighs the rankings from the USA Today Coaches' poll and a compilation of available computer ratings.

What might be the most notable item from these rankings is both the ACC and Big East rank behind the Mountain West and WAC.



• After a rough weekend in which all four of its ranked teams lost – The Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Tech Hokies, Florida State Seminoles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – the ACC finds itself as the seventh-best conference. Of those teams, only Miami is still ranked in the Top 25.

• The Big East is way behind the other five automatic qualifying conferences. Big East teams are a combined 3-6 this season against FBS schools and the three wins came against Florida International, Akron and Marshall.

• In the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the Boise State Broncos have more voting points (1,269) than the entire ACC and Big East conferences combined (949). For that reason alone, the WAC is ranked ahead of both the ACC and Big East.

• Despite being ranked fifth by the computers, the Big Ten comes away with the second overall ranking. A convincing win by the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Penn State Nittany Lions helped keep the SEC ahead of the Big Ten.
Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.

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