Conference Scorecard: Big East still improving
There are so many ways to evaluate one conference against another -- something like overall record weighs a league's worst team as equally as its best, when in reality, a league is often judged based on the success of its best two or three teams.
So as we revisit the Conference Scorecard, it's a good time to remember that this is just one metric -- we could also use each conference's record vs. ranked opponents, or its record as ranked teams. Anyway, a 3-0 mark over the past two weekends has strengthened the Big East's position with the second-best mark behind the Southeastern Conference.
There's a familiar logjam behind the SEC, which has a 7-4 record against teams from other BCS conferences. The ACC (8-8), Pac-10 (7-7) and Big East (6-6) are all at .500, with the Big Ten (5-8) and Big 12 (4-7) bringing up the rear. We'll break the tie with overall nonconference record as we unveil the new standings:
SEC 30-6 (.833) 7-4
Big East 29-7 (.806) 6-6
Pac-10 20-10 (.667) 7-7
ACC 28-15 (.651) 8-8
Big Ten 29-10 (.744) 5-8
Big 12 34-13 (.723) 4-7
Notre Dame is 5-2 against BCS opponents to round out the field.
As we pointed out over the weekend, you can also look at each league's record vs. ranked opponents, though much of those games involve league teams against one another. The ACC is 10-14, the Pac-10 is 8-12, the Big 12 is 8-17, the Big East is 3-7, the SEC is 9-23 and the Big Ten is 4-15. How, you ask, is the SEC 9-23? The league's lesser teams are a combined 0-14 against Florida, Alabama and LSU -- the conference hasn't done as good a job of bringing down its best teams with upsets.
Back to the BCS busters and the outsiders' record against BCS conference teams -- they're 16-80 overall, including a rough 1-17 mark in the month of October, the lone win coming from Houston against Mississippi State. The Mountain West is 5-9, Conference USA 4-18, the Western Athletic 2-10, the Mid-American 3-25 and the Sun Belt 2-18.