Is The Pac-10 The Strongest Conference?

thumbnailCABO1SKY The Coaches’ poll has been released today with four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 25. They are:

 

 

Team Coaches Poll Rank
USC 4
Cal 12
Oregon 14
Oregon State 25

It’s interesting to look at the breakdown of which conference has how many ranked teams. It looks like this

Conference # Ranked Teams % Ranked Teams
SEC 5 42%
Pac-10 4 40%
Big 12 4 33%
ACC 4 33%
Mountain West 3 33%
Independent 1 33%
Big 10 3 27%
WAC 1 11%

It comes as no surprise that the SEC is leading the way with 42%, It’s been a strong several years for this conference. Surprisingly, the Pac-10 comes up second with 40% of its teams in the top 25. Where does all this talk about a weak conference come from? The Big 12, ACC, Mountain West, and Independent conferences are all in a tie for third place with 1/3 of their teams ranked. The Big 10 is seventh with 27% and the WAC is in eighth place with 11% of their teams ranked in the top 25.

I guess we can say goodbye to the fallacy that the Pac-10 is a weak conference. In fact, if this were a normal or strong year for the Pac-10 we would see a combination of Washington, Arizona State, and or UCLA ranked. If we add any one of those teams the Pac-10 comes out on top. Perhaps the Pac-10 should be considered as the strongest conference?

As a side note, according to this poll Washington will play 6 ranked teams this year.  Pretty tough schedule.

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