Conference Scorecard: Big East, MAC opposites
We're more than halfway through the bowl season, with 20 of 34 games completed, and going into the first games of 2010, the Big East and Mid-American Conference are at opposite ends of the bowl spectrum.
The Big East remains 2-0, joining the impressive Mountain West (4-0) as the only leagues unbeaten in more than one bowl. The MAC, on the other hand, is 0-3, the only conference out of 11 in I-A football without a win in bowl season.
The bowl records are closing the gap between the best and worst conferences this season in games played between BCS league teams. The SEC, dominating at 10-4 against BCS opponents in the regular season, is 1-2 in such bowls, and that 11-6 record is just a half-game better than the Big East, now 11-7. No other league has a winning record against other BCS teams.
The Pac-10 is next at 9-9 after going 1-2 in bowls against BCS teams, and the Big 12, after a disappointing 4-7 showing in the regular season, is 3-1 in such bowls, improving to 7-8. The ACC is now 11-14, and the Big Ten is now 6-10.
Outside the BCS? The Mountain West continues to hold its own against BCS opponents, with two bowl wins improving its record to 7-9 against the major conferences. The rest of the I-A non-BCS leagues are a combined 12-80 -- the WAC is now 3-12 against BCS teams, Conference USA is 4-22, the MAC is 3-27 and the Sun Belt is 2-19.
Still lots to be decided in these final 14 bowl games, which include 10 with both teams from BCS leagues. The SEC has six such games and the Big Ten five; the other leagues have three or less -- Big East three, Big 12 three, ACC two and Pac-10 one. We'll check back after the next two days to update things ...