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Ranking the College Football Conferences: Big 10, SEC Lead the Way

Posted on August 09, 2011 by Teddy Bailey

The Big 10 Will Be Very Deep This Season.

As the 2011 College Football season is coming at us in full stride, here is my opinion on the top conferences this year:

1. Big 10: This is a tossup. The SEC looks stellar this year, but I have to go with the Big 10. With the Nebraska Cornhuskers entering the conference, there’s going to big dramatic changes. I like Michigan State to win the Legends Division. Look for Nebraska to make a splash and come up right behind the Spartans. I’m picking Michigan as the sleeper of the Legends, with Brady Hoke dramatically changing this program. For the Leaders Division, Wisconsin blows out the competition. Penn State falls short in 2nd, and Illinois and Ohio State will be in the pack. The Big 10 is a deep conference this year, that’s why i like them at #1.

2. SEC: Just behind the Big Ten, I like the Southeastern Conference. Alabama wins yet another SEC title, but they’re going to have to do it with teams like Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia right on their back. I don’t believe Auburn will contend this year, but Tiger fans, expect a bowl game. LSU will be there, as usual, along with Tennessee and Ole Miss being stuck in a unbelievable conference.

3. Big 12: The Big 12 won’t be deep. But, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will battle it out in Norman and Stillwater once again. Trailing Oklahoma will be Texas, who has rejuvenated their program, and may have a shot. I like Texas A+M as a sleeper, along with Missouri, but Baylor will have a hard year.

Which College Football Conference Will Be the Best in 2011?

  • Big Ten (43%, 10 Votes)
  • SEC (35%, 8 Votes)
  • Big 12 (9%, 2 Votes)
  • ACC (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Big East (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Pac 10 (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Mountain West (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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4. ACC: The only reason the ACC is behind the Big 12, in my opinion, is because Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke, and sometimes even Georgia Tech are sitting at the bottom every year. Maryland is my sleeper, but Florida State is my  Winner. Miami(FL) will be close, along with North Carolina, who will look to get back on track after a slow season last year. The ACC has good teams, but those bottom 3 bring their ranking down.

5. Pac-12: Besides Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State, the Pac 10/12 is horrific. Stanford wins it in a breeze, with Oregon and OSU in 2nd and 3rd. UCLA and USC are in the pack, but Washington, Washington State and the other 5 schools aren’t even close.

6. Big East: Can we please ask why Connecticut g0t a free ride to the Fiesta Bowl, lost money,and got swamped by Oklahoma? The Big East isn’t getting better. With Uconn losing Jordan Toddmann, they won’t be in it. Pittsburgh and West Virginia will have the bid, and conference up for grabs, along with Syracuse giving a bit of a challenge. I’m not even mentioning Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida….

7. The Rest: I like the Mountain West and WAC to power the non-power conferences, but it’s always open for the MAC, Conference USA, etc.

That’s it for the rankings, hope agreed. If you did, or did not, comment! I’m always open to hear the readers opinion.

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