So LAwish (West Coast) and I (East Coast) decided to put the question to bed...
but, there was a problem and a pretty obvious one. Since we're both coastal, and focus on certain confernces we lack some knowledge about the middle of the country. So this time around I hired some "experts" to help us out with thier respective conferences.
wizardKing (Big 10)
carolina8800 (Big East)
cubansajoke (Big 12)
If you have a problem with the way the teams in these conferences are ranked, take it up with them first, lol
Alright so we went through the 6 major conferences, and for the heck of it, threw in the top 2 mid-major conferences: the WAC, and the Mountain West Conference. We put each team in one of these 5 categories.
(you may want to skip down to the conference rankings if you don't care how it was done)
Big Boys- which I defined as National Title Contenders and teams that will not fall out of the top 10
Solid teams- which are teams that will likely not drop out of the rankings
Decent teams- which are teams that could get into the rankings at the back end or stay just outside the rankings
Bad teams- teams that likely aren't thinking about the rankings but may get to 6 wins to be bowl eligible
JV- teams that aren't thinking bowl game at all, 3 wins would be great
We each did our lists individually so that we didn't influence each other.
When we did our lists I realized that we would disagree about some teams so for scoring purposes 4 sub-categories were composed.
Sub-Categories:Studs- teams that fall between Big boy's and solid teams
Good teams- teams that fall between Solid and Average teams
Mediocre teams- teams that fall between average and bad
Garbage- teams that fall between bad and JV
Now, this time around with more participants, teams would also fall between the sub-categories but so as not to create too many categories I'll have 2-3 tiers in each category below.
Here is how the teams came out:
Team Rankings:Big Boys: USC (west), Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, LSU
Studs: Tier 1: Texas Tier 2: BYU
Solid: Tier 1: Auburn, Alabama Tier 2: Wake Forest, USF, Wisconsin, Penn St. Tier 3: Clemson, Virginia tech, Kansas, Utah, TCU
Good: Tier 1: Ohio St. Tier 2: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt Tier 3: UConn, Fresno St., Boise St., Illinois
Decent: Tier 1: Georgia Tech, Michigan St. Tier 2: Maryland, Oregon, Arizona St., Cal, Purdue, Colorado, UNLV
Mediocre: Tier 1: Florida St., North Carolina, Miami, Louisville, West Virginia Tier 2: Oklahoma St., Nebraska, Kentucky Tier 3: Cincinnati, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesotta, Northwestern, Air Force
Bad: Tier 1: USC (east), Ole Miss, Baylor Tier 2: Boston College, Iowa Tier 3: NC State, Pitt, Oregon St., UCLA, New Mexico St., San Jose St., Kansas St., Tennessee
Garbage: Tier 1: Miss. St. Tier 2: Stanford, Louisiana Tech, Indiana, Wyoming, Colorado St., New Mexico
JV: Tier 1: Arkansas, Texas A&M Tier 2: Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan Tier 3: Duke, Syracuse, Washington, Washington St., Hawaii, Idaho, Utah St., Iowa St., San Diego St.
I graded the teams on a 5 points scale with Big Boys getting 5. The seperate tiers in each category recieved different amounts of points as well. Studs recieved 4.5 - 4.9 points, solid teams recieved 4 - 4.49 points and so on, down the line
Here's how the conferences came out:
Conference rankings1. SEC 3.30916 (down)
2. Big 12 3.1133 (up)
3. Big 10 2.9090 (no change)
4. ACC 2.77 (up)
5. MWC 2.611 (down)
6. Big East 2.5 (down)
7. Pac 10 2.4 (down)
8. WAC 2 (down)
1. SEC 3.4583333
2. Pac-10 3
3. Big 12 2.9166667
4. Big 10 2.9090909
5. Big East 2.8125
6. ACC 2.6666667
8. WAC 2.3333333
9. C-USA 2.25
So the SEC is still the top league, just ahead of the Big 12, then the Big 10, meanwhile the Pac 10 has slipped from 2nd to 7th. Wow