Conference Scorecard: One more quiet week
As we'd said going in, October and most of November are quiet months for inter-conference showdowns, with most leagues busy in conference play. That will change next week, when there are six games between BCS leagues, led by three SEC-ACC showdowns: Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Clemson-South Carolina. Add in USF-Miami, Stanford-Notre Dame and Cincinnati-Illinois, and much of the regular-season records we've been following all season will be on the line.
It's another quiet week this week, with Connecticut-Notre Dame the only game of consequence to our BCS inter-conference records. The Big East picked up a quality win when Pittsburgh beat Notre Dame to move the league one game above .500. The SEC continues to have the best nonconference record, going 7-0 in the past two weeks against relative lightweights to improve to 37-6 this season. Your new standings, with overall nonconference records and records against teams from other BCS leagues:
League Overall Vs. BCS
SEC 37-6 (.860) 7-4
Big East 30-7 (.811) 7-6
Pac-10 20-10 (.667) 7-7
ACC 29-15 (.659) 8-8
Big Ten 31-10 (.756) 5-8
Big 12 35-13 (.729) 4-7
Notre Dame is now 5-3 against BCS competition. The BCS busters continue to struggle against BCS competition, going 0-6 in the past two weeks. As a group, they're 16-86 against the BCS, led by the Mountain West (5-9). Conference USA (4-21) is barely ahead of the Western Athletic (2-11), with the Western Athletic (3-26) barely ahead of the Sun Belt (2-19).
To update the overall Wins Against Ranked Teams (WART!) standings -- the Pac-10 leads at 12-16, followed by the ACC (11-19), Big 12 (9-20), Big East (4-10), SEC (10-27) and Big Ten (7-20).
Again, another quiet week ahead, but next week, there's much that will change ...