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Monday, October 25, 2010
Conference Power Rankings: Week 8

By Albert Larcada

The two biggest movers after week 8 are the ACC and Big East.

The ACC -- thanks to its most AP voting points since Week 1 -- had the largest jump of any conference from last week's rankings. Florida State and Virginia Tech have not lost since September 11th. Miami’s only loss during that span was to FSU. The ACC is one Boise State loss away from overtaking the WAC. Unfortunately for the ACC, our friends at AccuScore say the Broncos have a 92.9 percent chance of remaining undefeated through the remainder of the regular season.

The Big East, on the other hand, continues its fall from the elite. West Virginia’s loss to Syracuse did help the Orange pick up eight AP voting points but also sent West Virginia’s total tumbling from 346 to eight. This is not the formula for success in this system. The Big East is 3-11 against the seven conferences rated above it.

Conference USA, the conference right behind the Big East, has its biggest game of the regular season on Saturday with UCF hosting East Carolina. Each school has won their last nine regular season conference games.

The Pac-10 and Big Ten flip-flopped again with the Pac-10 now holding the number two spot. This should be expected often throughout the rest of the regular season.

For a brief recap on how we rank the conferences click here.