PODCAST: Mid-Major Power Rankings with Matt Hinton

Tyler Tettleton and Ohio are four wins into the pursuit of a 12-0 season. (US Presswire)

As we shift into conference play, I beg you keep your mid-major brethren in mind. The teams that have made an impression against BCS conference teams in the last month will enter conference play against each other, and the competition will be definitely be worth your time. You hear people reference MACTION and don't feel familiar? Tune in to Ball State - Toledo on a Tuesday and have your night made.

Matt Hinton joins me to talk mid-majors on the newest episode of the podcast. Using his Mid-Major Monday rankings at Sunday Morning Quarterback, we discuss the Top 10 teams from outside the BCS conferences. There are some teams with decent records and plenty left to prove, but others - like Louisiana-Monroe - have already been battle tested.

Tune in to hear the rundown of Matt's top ten mid-major teams, as well as a look at conference realignment's role in the current state of the conferences without a BCS automatic qualifying bid. We also steer away from the rankings momentarily to lament the early season struggles of Conference USA, and wonder if Southern Miss - currently 0-3 - has a shot to upset Louisville at home on Saturday night.

In a hurry? Check out the contents below for specific breakdowns.

0:00 - Hinton Intro
1:40 - Louisiana Tech and Ohio
5:50 - Boise State and Nevada
11:45 - Louisiana-Monroe and Utah State
15:00 - Ball State and UCF
17:00 - Pour one out for the state of Conference USA
22:00 - Western Kentucky and San Jose State
24:30 - How Conference Realignment has affected the balance of power among the mid-major conferences.

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