Conference Power Index: Big 12

The Conference Power Index (CPI) is a compilation of each conference's rank (six points for first place, five points for second place, etc.) in the following categories: AP poll rankings, BCS record, other bowls record, nonconference RPI and NFL draft picks. AP poll and BCS record were weighted doubly. This study examined two five-year periods: 1) The 1998 season through the 2003 NFL draft; 2) The '03 season through the '08 NFL draft.

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Missouri, Kansas could turn the tide

Besides the Big Ten, no conference experienced a more dramatic slide from 2003 to 2008 than the Big 12, which may come as a surprise to some considering the now-annual national prominence of league schools Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners and Longhorns have each won national titles this decade while posting the two highest winning percentages (Oklahoma: .841, Texas: .833) among all BCS-conference teams.

The problems arose in the conference's North Division, where Nebraska, Kansas State and Colorado -- which won a combined four conference titles from 1996-2003 -- all took downward turns. After finishing first among all conferences with 43.3 percent of its teams in the final AP polls from 1998-02, the league dropped to fifth from '03-'07 with just 30 percent. The tide seems to be turning, however, as North upstarts Missouri and Kansas both finished last season in the top 10.

CPI Rank2003-20081998-2003
CPI CategoriesDataConference RankDataConference Rank
AP Poll.3005th.4331st
BCS Record3-54th3-34th
Other Bowls Record16-154th15-15t-3rd
Nonconference RPI.51843rd.51515th
NFL Draft Picks11.75th12.176th
Additional Categories Of Interest (Not included in CPI formula)
AP All-Americans242nd281st
Avg. Attendance58,3063rd54,5383rd
Avg. Coaches Salary$1,631,0222nd$1,075,2481st
CPI Notes:
  • AP poll: Percent of conferences' teams ranked in the final AP poll.
  • Nonconference RPI: Conferences' performance in nonconference games weighted by strength of opponents. (Compiled by Jerry Palm of
  • NFL Draft Picks: Average number of NFL draft picks per school.
  • AP All-Americans: First team selections only.
  • Avg. Coaches Salary: Based on head coaches' reported salaries for 2002 and 2007 seasons. (Salary information for certain private schools was not available.)

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