Conference Scorecard: ACC up, Big 12 down
Miami's 21-20 win against Oklahoma helped get the ACC out of last place in our BCS nonconference standings, while the Sooners' struggled continued a rough trend for the Big 12, which went 0-3 against BCS conference opponents.
The Big 12 doesn't play another nonconference game against a BCS league opponent, so their 4-7 record is now final until bowl season. When you consider that the Big 12 went 3-0 in such games on the opening weekend, that means they're 1-7 since, the lone win coming from Kansas against Duke.
And if you look at wins against ranked opponents as opposed to losses as ranked teams, the Big 12 is the worst of the BCS leagues, with just one win against a ranked opponent (Oklahoma State beat Georgia in its opener) with four losses as ranked teams. That minus-3 differential stands out -- the ACC, Pac-10 and Big East are plus-1, while the SEC and Big 10 are both even.
The SEC remains the BCS league to beat, as the only conference with a winning record against other BCS league opponents. The Big East now has matched the Pac-10 for the second-best mark at 6-6, thanks to West Virginia's win against Colorado. And the Big 12 doesn't play another nonconference game against a BCS league opponent, so their 4-7 record is now final until bowl season.
League Nonconf Vs. BCS
SEC 25-3 (.893) 7-3
Big East 23-7 (.766) 6-6
Pac-10 19-9 (.679) 6-6
ACC 21-13 (.618) 6-7
Big Ten 25-9 (.735) 5-7
Big 12 34-13 (.723) 4-7
It's worth noting that Notre Dame is 3-1 now against BCS opponents. The inter-conference games grow less frequent in the second half of the season -- there are just 13 more the rest of the year -- the ACC still has seven, and the Big East and SEC have four left, but the Pac-10 has just three and the Big 10 two.
There's just one BCS vs. BCS game in each of the next three weeks -- Indiana at Virginia, then Notre Dame-USC and Notre Dame-Boston College. The Georgia Tech-Vanderbilt game on Halloween is the only other BCS showdown (except for Notre Dame games) until Thanksgiving weekend, when there are five such games to crown a regular-season champ to the conference battles we've been tracking.
Our BCS buster update shows no wins this week against BCS opponents -- the Mountain West is now 5-9, Conference USA is 3-13, the Western Athletic is 2-9, the Mid-American is 3-21 and the Sun Belt is 2-15. As a whole, the BCS outsiders are 15-67 against BCS competition, winning 18.3 percent of the time.