1. SEC There are
four teams ranked in the top 11 and eight teams in the top 40; no conference is
stronger top to bottom.
2. BIG TEN The
league has two clear favorites, but it could finish the year with as many as
five teams in the top 20.
3. BIG 12 The
South has a pair of heavyweights and a couple of teams ready to break out,
while four teams in the North could surprise.
4. ACC With nine
schools in the top 50, the balance is hard to overlook. All that's missing is a
5. PAC-10 While
USC's run has been impressive, it's time for another challenger to step up in
this top-heavy conference.
6. BIG EAST Where
would the weakest BCS conference be without West Virginia and Louisville?
7. MOUNTAIN WEST
This is the mid-major most likely to snatch a bid in the first year of the
8. WAC If
wide-open offenses and high-scoring games are your thing, this is the
conference you're looking for.
9. CONFERENCE USA
The league is quietly gaining respectability with Central Florida, Southern
Miss and Tulsa leading the way.