College Football 2014: Power Ranking Every Conference

FSU Won, But Is the SEC Still the Best Conference?

1/7/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

When Florida State took out Auburn in the BCS National Championship on Monday night, the Blog Photo - College Football 2014: Power Ranking Every Conference Southeastern Conference was finally dethroned after a seven-year title game run.

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.

 
FanIQ Conference Rankings
Rank Conference 2012-13 Rating 2013-14 Rating*
    1 Pac-12           47.5           35.9
    2 Southeastern           41.0           40.1
    3 Big 12           42.8           46.5
    4 Atlantic Coastal           61.9           50.2
    5 Big Ten           53.1           51.1
    6 American Athletic           58.1**           71.4
    7 Mountain West           79.3           73.8
    8 Independents           - - -           77.6
    9 Mid-American           76.1           79.5
   10 Conference USA           81.7           83.1
   11 Sun Belt           80.3           91.1

*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


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1/7/14   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Nowhere6789 wrote:
These averages are garbage. He places a 9-4 Vanderbilt team (a top 25 AP and Coaches poll team) at 41, 21 behind a 10-4 USC team, and 5 behind a 7-6 Oregon State. Then he averages all of the rankings to justify that the PAC-12 is better than the SEC. Of course the PAC-12 is mathematically better when he arbitrarily places a 7 win PAC team (who isn't ranked) 5 places above a ranked 9 win SEC team. If you think the PAC is better, just say it. Don't make up imaginary unjustifiable numbers just because you want your opinion to look scientific. 

You're taking it way too seriously, man. It's obviously an opinionated article, based off biased rankings. No one said it wasn't. Just because I think USC and Oregon State were better teams than Vanderbilt doesn't mean they were (although we'll never know because they didn't play each other).

Take a deep breath. It's okay to disagree.

1/7/14   |   Nowhere6789

These averages are garbage. He places a 9-4 Vanderbilt team (a top 25 AP and Coaches poll team) at 41, 21 behind a 10-4 USC team, and 5 behind a 7-6 Oregon State. Then he averages all of the rankings to justify that the PAC-12 is better than the SEC. Of course the PAC-12 is mathematically better when he arbitrarily places a 7 win PAC team (who isn't ranked) 5 places above a ranked 9 win SEC team. If you think the PAC is better, just say it. Don't make up imaginary unjustifiable numbers just because you want your opinion to look scientific.