Stats & Info: Air Force

Conference Power Rankings: Week 7

October, 18, 2010
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Thanks to upset losses by South Carolina and Florida, the SEC has lost considerable ground from last week's rankings, and the Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big 12 are all closer than ever to the No. 1 spot.

The SEC’s once daunting AP Poll lead has now been trimmed. The top four conferences are all packed tight in the computers so one more top 25 upset loss by the SEC and the conference may find itself without the lead for the first time this season.

The WAC took a blow as well with Nevada losing nearly all of its 376 AP voting points after its loss at Hawaii. This loss almost assuredly will prevent the WAC from moving up in the ratings, and gives the ACC an outside chance of catching the WAC in the coming weeks … particularly if Florida State can continue to rise in the AP Poll.

The Big East’s sole AP Poll contributor West Virginia won its Thursday night game against South Florida, which more than doubled its AP voting points.

Air Force’s surprise loss to San Diego State set the Mountain West back a bit, although the conference's computer ratings remain strong, keeping it within striking distance of the ACC for fifth place.

For a brief recap on how we rank the conferences click here.
A quick preview of tonight's college football action:

UAB at Central Florida, 8 ET on ESPN
• Three of UAB’s four games this season have been decided on the last play

• Central Florida has won six of seven all-time meetings

• UAB lost double-OT heartbreaker to Tennessee last game

• Conference opener for UCF: they’re carrying a six-game conference win streak

Let's also take a moment and recognize the coaching class of 2007. Seventeen coaches took the reins of programs that year and many are enjoying great success so far this season.

1. This weekend’s Florida-Alabama game features two of the longest conference winning streaks in SEC history. Alabama has won 17 straight, while Florida’s streak is at 16. The winner of this game still has work ahead of them to catch the all-time mark, held by Alabama from 1976-80 (27 straight). (NOTE: The SEC Championship Game doesn’t count as a conference game for official records purposes).

2. This is the eighth time since 1940 that a No. 1 team has faced a top-10 opponent in consecutive weeks (Alabama beat No. 10 Arkansas last week). On the previous seven occasions, only one No. 1 team lost the second game: Texas in 2008 (beat No. 7 Oklahoma St, lost at No. 6 Texas Tech).

3. This is the first time since the Pac-10 Conference’s inception in 1959 (formerly called AAWU) that the conference has had four 4-0 teams ranked this high in the AP Poll at this point in the season. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and USC are all 4-0 and are all in the top 18.

4. Texas and Oklahoma resume hostilities in the Red River Rivalry this Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC). Not only does the winner earn bragging rights in the Big 12 South, but recent history proves it almost always goes on to have the better season. Consider this: the winner of this game has gone on to have a better record (or the same record once) in 10 of the last 11 meetings. And in six of the last 11 meetings, the winner has gone on to win the Big 12 Championship Game.

5. The round-robin competition for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy begins this Saturday when Navy takes on Air Force. The Midshipmen have won 15 straight games against service academy teams dating back to their win over Army in 2002 (last loss was Oct. 5, 2002 at Air Force). Navy's current dominance is unprecedented since the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy’s inception in 1972.

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