Conference Scorecard: SEC still leads way
We said before the season that nearly two-thirds of the nonconference showdowns between BCS league teams were in the month of September, and with the opening month of play now wrapped up, the Southeastern Conference remains college's league to beat.
The SEC has a 23-2 nonconference record, including a sharp 6-2 record against other BCS leagues. The only other league with a winning record in BCS nonconference games is the Pac-10, which is 6-5 and 19-8 overall. The Big East, with two wins against the ACC this week, now has the third-best overall nonconference record at 21-7, with a 5-6 record against BCS opponents that puts them ahead of the Big Ten and ACC. Here are your new standings:
League Nonconf. BCS
SEC 23-2 (.920) 6-2
Pac-10 19-8 (.703) 6-5
Big 12 32-10 (.761) 4-4
Big East 21-7 (.750) 5-6
Big Ten 24-9 (.727) 5-7
ACC 19-13 (.593) 4-7
There are only five games between BCS conferences this week, the headliner being No. 17 Miami hosting No. 8 Oklahoma. The only other ranked teams involved in such a game is No. 25 Georgia Tech going to Mississippi State -- the SEC could take a loss there, as with Arkansas, which hosts Texas A&M.
BCS buster update? The Mountain West continues to play well against BCS competition, with TCU beating Clemson and Utah taking care of Louisville to improve the league to 5-8 against BCS teams -- a better record than the ACC has right now in nonconference BCS action. Conference USA got another win from Houston (against Texas Tech) to improve to 3-13, just slightly ahead of the WAC, which is now 2-9 against BCS teams. The MAC is now 3-19 and the Sun Belt 2-14, putting the outsiders at a combined 15-63 against BCS, which is a 19.2 percent winning percentage.