Conference Scorecard: BCS busters indeed
Eight ranked teams have lost in the first two weeks of the season, and three of those have been beaten by non-BCS conference teams -- including top-five upsets with Oklahoma falling to BYU and now Oklahoma State falling to Houston.
With that in mind, it's hard to get a read on which conference has performed best so far -- the Big 12 has the best nonconference BCS record at 3-1, but the Sooners and Cowboys have the two biggest losses of the season to date. There's a huge weekend ahead for the inter-conference clashes, but we'll get to that later in the week.
There are 11 conferences in I-A football, and eight of them have had a team beat a BCS league team in nonconference play -- the only exception is the Big East, which has played just three such games (two by Syracuse) and lost all three.
Best of the non-BCS leagues? The Mountain West has started strong, with a 3-5 record against BCS schools, thanks to wins by BYU, TCU and Colorado State; the WAC isn't far behind at 2-5, with Boise's big win and Hawaii. Houston got Conference USA on the board at 1-5, and Toledo and Central Michigan have the MAC at 2-12, with the Sun Belt (thanks to Louisiana-Lafayette beating Kansas State) rounding things out at 1-8. All told, non-BCS schools are 9-35 against BCS teams -- that's a win 20.4 percent of the time, about 1 percent ahead of the average over the previous four years.
Here are the overall nonconference records for each BCS league, as well as the record against other BCS programs ...
Conference Overall BCS
Big 12 16-6 3-1
Pac-10 13-4 4-2
SEC 13-2 3-2
Big Ten 18-4 4-3
ACC 12-4 2-4
Big East 10-3 0-3
Again, the Big East has a chance to make a splash this weekend, with five games against BCS opponents. More on that later in the week ...