Conference Power Rankings
With conference play in full swing, and most actions having equal and opposite reactions within the conference (good win for so-and-so means bad loss for fellow conference member, so-and-so), the Conference Power Rankings scoured the country to find what each conference leads the nation in.
For one week, all conferences can claim to be No. 1 in something, thereby eliminating my angry e-mails. Or maybe limiting my angry e-mails. Slightly reducing my angry e-mails? Actually, probably having no effect on my angry e-mails.
In alphabetical order:
Several defensive ends from the ACC appear on NFL draft prospect lists, and a pair earned
Six weeks into the season, there were 11 unbeaten teams, and three of them were relative unknowns from the Big East. One year after Rutgers burst on to the national scene with a historic 9-0 start, UConn, South Florida and Cincinnati navigated through the early part of their season unblemished. UConn and Cincinnati saw their undefeated seasons end last weekend, but both teams have significantly overachieved to date, and South Florida is sitting in the No. 2 slot in the first BCS standings. The Big East lost its big-name football programs when Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College left, but several unknowns have filled the void admirably.
Penn State was the original Linebacker U., but Ohio State is starting to take that moniker away. Middle linebacker
Texas Tech dominates many of the NCAA passing statistics, but there are plenty of Big 12 players at other schools who have put together top performances this season. Of the 26 players who have made at least 11 catches in a game this season, six reside in the Big 12. Not surprisingly, two are at Texas Tech -- freshman sensation
One glance at the national rushing leaders and you'll see plenty of underrated Conference USA running backs. Tulane's
Four of the nation's top six punters in average per kick reside in the MAC. Ball State senior
Taking a look at the Mountain West rushing stats, you'll find six of the top eight rushers from the junior class, including the top three. Those three juniors, New Mexico's
We all know about Stanford's 24-23 stunner at USC a few weeks back. It was the biggest upset in Vegas history (Stanford was a 41-point underdog) and signaled the possible end of the Trojans' dominant run. But there have been three other games in which Pac-10 teams were at least two-touchdown favorites and went down in flames. One was Cal, which had a chance to become the nation's No. 1 team last Saturday. The Bears were 14-point favorites against Oregon State, but fell 31-28 at home. UCLA has suffered two rather shocking upsets this year -- the Bruins were 15-point favorites against Utah (a game they lost 44-6) and 21-point favorites against Notre Dame (a game they lost 20-6). The Irish's win at UCLA remains their lone victory of the season.
Hard to argue this one. The SEC has four coaches with national championships on their resume, including three in the SEC East. (South Carolina's
The Sun Belt may not lead the nation in much, but it does own college football's best comeback of the year. Trailing 31-6 midway through the third quarter, Arkansas State put together a furious 29-0 run in just a little over 15 minutes to upset Conference USA's Memphis.
The WAC has had four tremendous overtime thrillers this season, including two by BCS bowl hopeful Hawaii. The Warriors pulled one out at San Jose State last Friday night, erasing a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the final four minutes, as
In the Warriors' second game of the season at Louisiana Tech, Hawaii forced overtime with a 49-yard field goal, scored a touchdown to go up seven and then survived a failed two-point conversion to escape what would have been an embarrassing upset.
Sunday night, Boise State and Nevada hooked up in a quadruple-overtime classic, with Boise State winning 69-67. A field goal on the final play of regulation sent the teams into OT at 44-44, and six touchdowns and two field goals later, the Broncos survived at home.
And let's not forget Fresno State, which fell in triple overtime to Texas A&M after coming within one yard of victory in the first OT. Wide receiver
What do you folks think Travis' reaction was to five of the six computers having South Florida No. 1 in the first BCS standings?