Posted on Tuesday 31 October 2006
Well, I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks, because well, I was too lazy. Some interesting things have happened over the last several weeks, and it’s possible that some of the events of the previous 2-3 weeks might work into the conference rankings for this week.
Here we go…
T1: Big Ten – Although the Big Ten currently only has 3 teams ranked, two of those ranked teams are at #1 and #2 in the nation. You can’t really discount the fact that the Big Ten might screw everyone by playing a repeat game right after the last game of the season. The possibility of a OSU vs. Michigan Championship Game becomes more and more real as the weeks pass, and if that happens, well, there shall be hell and fury as never before seen. I guess it helps that the Big 10 doesn’t have a championship game (join the pack Notre Dame, don’t be so selfish), but the game might as well be the OSU UM game anyway, so it works out nicely.
T1: SEC – The Southeastern Conference currently has 5 teams ranked in the top 25 with all five teams in the top 15. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. Of all the “one-loss team” lists, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee are usually somewhere in the picture. Of course, the SEC also has the “greatest (insert number of losses here)-loss team to have ever walked the face of the earth” a.k.a. the LSU Tigers. As it stands now, 7 of the 12 teams are bowl eligible, and there is a chance that number could climb as high as 10/12.
3: Big East – For those proponents of the Big East, stating that 3 of the 6 undefeated teams that are left in the country are in the Big East, all I have to say is “who have they played?” Combined, all three teams have faced a total of one (1) ranked team, which was a Miami team that is quite down at the moment. The only other ranked teams that any of these teams face are each other. Does the playing of no ranked teams merit a #3 national ranking? Personally, I don’t think so, and just because #3 is playing #5, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a #3 vs. #5 as both teams have been relatively unchallenged.
An interesting scenario presents itself, that no one thinks can happen: If West Virginia deserves a #2 ranking if they win out, what happens if instead, Rutgers were to win out? Would they be worth the #2 ranking as well? They played through the same 8-team tournament that is the Big East as West Virginia, don’t they deserve the same thing?
T4: Big XII – Texas’ huge comeback against Texas Tech was either a function of Texas being really good by being able to come back, or being a bit too lax by letting Tech get ahead 21 points in the first place. Either way, that was a pretty impressive win on an otherwise pansy ass schedule (obviously excluding Ohio State). The Big XII North brings down the rank of the entire conference. I mean, damn.
T4: Pac 10 – Well, obviously the USC loss hurts the conference’s stance as a world beater, especially when they were beaten by a team called, well, the Beavers. I’ve been defeated by several beavers in my day, but as far as I’m concerned, it was a much more valiant attempt than the Trojans put forth. That’s why for me, Durex all the way.
6: ACC – Even though the ACC is tied with the SEC for number of teams ranked in the top 25, the highest ranked team (Boston College #16) is still lower than the lowest ranked SEC team. The ACC is basically poll-filler material at this point. One can point to the rankings and attribute it to the newfound competitiveness of the conference, but no one’s buying that argument. None of the teams have quite risen to the occasion to be taken seriously, and until someone steps up, they’re going to be the cellar dwellers of the NCAA.
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