It was an odd season for the SEC—a conference that the media and college football world has been pegged as the best of the best since I can remember—as it showed vulnerability and what seemed to be lack of depth.
This brings us to some unfamiliar territory, because the SEC wasn’t the top dog in 2013. The Pac-12 Conference comes away with this year’s FanIQ Conference Rankings.
It has nothing to do with the championship game’s outcome, either. Had Auburn won, the rankings would have still held. In fact, the Pac-12 was 5.1 rating points better than the SEC’s final rating for 2012.
Listed below are all 11 conferences ranked in order by top-to-bottom quality, based off my complete college football rankings. This doesn’t mean the Pac-12 has the best team, but the best conference as a whole.
|Rank||Conference||2012-13 Rating||2013-14 Rating*|
|8||Independents||- - -||77.6|
*Ratings are based off conference's average team ranking; I've added every team's ranking together and divided it by total teams in the conference.
**Big East Conference's rating
Follow @Tyler_Waddell on Twitter