Conference Scorecard: SEC on top, then parity
With only one nonconference game between BCS schools in each of the past two weeks, we haven't updated the Conference Scorecard in two weekends, but the national picture is still much the same, with the SEC out in front and a logjam of three leagues -- the Pac-10, Big East and ACC -- closely packed behind the leader.
For a sense of that parity, just check out the first BCS standings -- all six major conferences have at least three teams in there (as does the Mountain West) and the SEC and Big Ten lead the way with four each.
Here are your new standings, ranked by each league's nonconference records against other BCS teams -- the Big East has the second-best overall nonconference record, and despite a 4-0 mark the past two weeks, the ACC still has the worst, just behind the Pac-10.
SEC 27-5 (.844) 7-3
Pac-10 20-9 (.690) 7-6
Big East 26-7 (.788) 6-6
ACC 25-13 (.658) 7-7
Big Ten 28-10 (.737) 5-8
Big 12 34-13 (.723) 4-7
Notre Dame's loss to Southern Cal drops the Fighting Irish to 3-2 against BCS competition. To update our BCS busters, the only win in the past two weekends was Houston beating Mississippi State, dropping the outsiders to a collective 16-73, winning 18 percent of the time. The MWC leads the way at 5-9, with Conference USA at 4-17, the Western Athletic at 2-9, the Mid-American 3-22 and Sun Belt at 2-16.
Lots more to come from Pittsburgh, where it's overcast and gray, making it look like rain could be a factor in today's game ...