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CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 9:41 am
 


Posted by Chip Patterson


An SEC team has won the last five national championships. You don't need me to tell you that though, the conference does a fine job of letting you know with their 2011 media guide. But despite their claims as the best conference in the land, they do not get to permanently sit atop the CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings without backing it up on the field.

The SEC would still hold on to the top spot this week if the entire league was just the SEC West. But ranking these conferences involves taking the entire membership into consideration, and the East is not doing their part to uphold SEC supremacy. Florida can't keep a quarterback healthy, South Carolina can't keep a quarterback on the team, and Georgia still seems to a be team figuring itself out.

The good news for a fan of one of these teams is that you have a great chance to make the trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game. The bad news is the West division likely will occupy both BCS berths and likely the top 1-2 affiliated bowl games after that. The SEC's imbalance knocks them down to No. 2 in the power rankings making way for a new league at the top spot: the Big 12.

Oklahoma's Red River Beatdown of Texas only strengthened the league's resume, with the Sooners justifying their place as one of the three national frontrunners. In the same weekend, Oklahoma State continued to show they don't need no stinkin' Dana to hang close to triple digits on a conference opponent. Kansas State is tired of being underrated, and Baylor's loss to the Wildcats suddenly looks more respectable. Throw in the other Texas schools and you've got more than half of the conference receiving national recognition of some sort.

As demonstrated by the Sooners on Saturday, there is definitely a pecking order. But as you work your way down that pecking order you will find teams playing at a high level, working to put together their best possible product. The same can't be said for the SEC right now, and that's why the Big 12 has taken over the top spot in the CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings.

Here's the rest of the rundown, let us know how much you disagree with the rankings in the comments below or yell at me on Twitter.

1. Big 12 (LW: 2)- As mentioned above, the conference just seems to be playing to their potential more than any league in the game right now. Kansas' struggles seem appropriate and Missouri is still to young to be counted on for any kind of consistency. The Big 12 has not jumped SEC in any kind of "big picture" sense, but for this week during this season: they are No. 1.

2. SEC (LW: 1) - The curious tale of South Carolina is currently the headline in the SEC East. On one hand, Conner Shaw had a great outing on Saturday and the Gamecocks are still 5-1 and the frontrunner to win the division. On the other, it was against lowly Kentucky and before Stephen Garcia received the official boot from the team. Georgia has things moving in the right direction, Florida may be on the edge of a free-fall, and anyone expecting consistency out of the Mississippi schools in 2011 is asking the wrong questions. All that said, still arguably the best conference in football.

3. Pac-12 (LW: 3) - Have to give the conference some credit for being the first one to start up the "coaching carousel" talk. An 0-4 start to conference play was all Arizona was prepared to see before showing Mike Stoops the door. Oregon continued their lethal ground attack while Andrew Luck remained practically (there was an INT against the Buffs) perfect. Even UCLA-Wazzu provided entertainment with the Bruins charging back from eight down in the fourth quarter to knock off the Cougars.

3. Big Ten (LW: 4) - Gave the Big Ten a boost here for the sole reason that Nebraska avoided a monumental collapse to Ohio State at home. The Wolverines and Illini taking care of business helped cement their ranked status for the moment, and Penn State is entering the heart of conference play undefeated with only a non-conference loss to Alabama on their resume. Not ready to buy the Nittany Lions after a pair of ugly wins with their two-quarterback system, but Happy Valley could be a trap for either Illinois or Nebraska heading into the down the stretch of conference play.

5. ACC (LW: 5) - With three straight losses, Florida State is searching for health and a reboot on the season. With four straight wins, Wake Forest is ready to challenge Clemson in the ACC's Atlantic Division. Virginia Tech avoided two straight conference losses thanks to Logan Thomas' best performance of the season, and Georgia Tech survived a late push from Maryland's backup quarterback to match last season's win total. As long as the conference leaders continue to win and the league gets more wins from 4-1 Wake Forest and 5-1 North Carolina, the league will hold strong just outside the Big Four.

6. Big East (LW: 6) - Pittsburgh follows up their impressive showing on national television by dropping a dud against Rutgers. Sounds about right for the Big East. Rutgers is now the flavor of the month in the conference, with the Scarlet Knights' defense getting praise for forcing four turnovers against the Panthers and holding them to 2-14 on third down. Louisville had a chance to knock off a flat North Carolina squad for the league, but two missed field goals and an impotent offense could only produce one score against the Tar Heels. Unfortunately by the time the Cardinals did cross the goal line in Chapel Hill, there was less than a minute on the clock and they trailed by two scores. The league has five teams with 4+ victories, but no teams (including West Virginia) have had consistent performances at this point in the season.

7. Conference USA (LW: 8) - Conference USA continues their rise up the conference power rankings thanks to some impressive performances by Houston, SMU, and Southern Miss. I realize this seems hypocritical after boasting about conference depth in the SEC/Big 12 discussion, but having three teams in the national spotlight is more than any of the conferences below can say heading into Week 7.

8. Mountain West Conference (LW: 7) - Wyoming suffered a brutal 63-19 defeat at Utah State, after having a week to recover from their loss to Nebraska. Boise State continues to lead the way for the conference, and TCU was able to bounce back with an impressive defensive showing at San Diego State. Air Force and Colorado State are the big question marks in the league, and continued victories could boost the overall status of the Mountain West in weeks to come.

9. WAC (LW: 10) - Fresno State once again did little to stand in the way of Boise State, as the Broncos trounced their former conference rivals in Bulldog Stadium on Friday night. However, Utah State's beatdown of Mountain West foe Wyoming was able to even the score between the two leagues on the weekend.

10. MAC (LW: 9) - Miami put together a surprising late-game rally to knock off Army for their first win of the season. The Redhawks have struggled to get going in 2011, and if Zac Dysert can continue performances like his four second half touchdowns on Saturday things could be looking up. Toledo and Temple issued predictably impressive blowouts against Ball State and Eastern Michigan, and Central Michigan hung with N.C. State until the Wolfpack pulled away in the second half.

11. Sun Belt (LW: 9) - Now with wins over Florida International and Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette has put themselves in a position to steal the Sun Belt conference from the preseason league favorites. Outside of that storyline, there is very little notable that has been buzzing in this conference since FIU's back-to-back wins over Louisville and UCF.

Check back in to the Eye On College Football next week for the updated edition of the Conference Power Rankings.


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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:41 am
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

OU went to florida and played a then ranked #5 florida st. team in their own backyard in front of a record crowd....you asked....SEC has for the most part better athletes across the board but I think the sooners may be able to play with the big boys this year



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:31 am
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

says the guy who thinks the vols are back......lmao




Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:34 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

I agree, what is he smoking?



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:58 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

it's Bama, not Bamma.  OKKay?



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:19 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

What a stupid ranking.....let's compare the conferences in game from top to bottom

SEC #1 Alabama vs. Big 12 #1 Oklahoma............Alabama wins this one
LSU vs. Oklahoma State.........would be close but LSU wins
Arkansas vs. Kansas State............this would be a massacre
South Carolina vs. Texas A&M..............A&M wins and ironically will be in the SEC ahahaha
Auburn vs. Texas...........Auburn's offense wins this one
Florida vs. Baylor.............Baylor doesn't have the defense to win this one and only has a mediocre offense vs. an SEC defense



So the top 6 of the SEC against the top 6 of the Big 12 and the Big 12 would only win one game.......explain to me how they are better????
And how many teams do they have in the top 10? 2? The SEC has 3 from the SAME DIVISION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

What a stupid post.......you're basing your rankings and wins with your OPINION.  Or worst, a crystal ball.  You cannot compare these teams at this point, not unless they play each other head to head.





Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:16 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

What a stupid post....you're basing your rankings and wins with YOUR opinion.  You're entitled to it but it's just an OPINION.




Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:21 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

"Anyone using Palm's computer numbers to make their point will not make their point.  That computer ranking is an absoulte joke. "

Then use Sagarin's or any other computer ranking system, this weeks results are nearly identical! Point proven!



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:10 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

Jeff Sagarin who ranks every sport and is very well respected also has the big twelve as the strongest conference top to bottom.
So, you are obviously the hack with no gray matter to spare. 



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:48 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

Because you are wrong, bias.

texas would beat auburn.   why does everyone not respect baylor around here?  i don't get it.  UF's frosh QBs are struggling.  I think Baylor not only beats florida, but pulls away rather easily in the 2nd half.   it would be 3-3 in your match-ups.   also how are you so sure bama beats ou?   they look equal.  if you were honest with yourself and us, you should have called that one a toss up.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:28 pm
 

CBSSports.com Conference Power Rankings (Oct. 11)

What a stupid ranking.....let's compare the conferences in game from top to bottom

SEC #1 Alabama vs. Big 12 #1 Oklahoma............Alabama wins this one
LSU vs. Oklahoma State.........would be close but LSU wins
Arkansas vs. Kansas State............this would be a massacre
South Carolina vs. Texas A&M..............A&M wins and ironically will be in the SEC ahahaha
Auburn vs. Texas...........Auburn's offense wins this one
Florida vs. Baylor.............Baylor doesn't have the defense to win this one and only has a mediocre offense vs. an SEC defense



So the top 6 of the SEC against the top 6 of the Big 12 and the Big 12 would only win one game.......explain to me how they are better????
And how many teams do they have in the top 10? 2? The SEC has 3 from the SAME DIVISION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


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