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Pac-12 ranks fourth in conference power rankings

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]ESPN Stats & Information is again this season compiling its Conference Power Rankings -- a system that equally weighs the AP poll and a compilation of available BCS computer rankings in order to determine which conference is the best and worst in the country -- and in its first iteration, the Pac-12 ranks fourth.

    Of course, conference power rankings after two weekends is an inexact science. Last year, the SEC finished first*and the Pac-10 second at season's end.

    The SEC is No. 1, the Big 12 is No. 2 and the Big Ten is No. 3.

    The computers have the Pac-12 No. 3 and the Big 12 No. 1 ahead of the SEC.

    This is interesting: "Conference realignment has also led to big changes within the rankings. The WAC fell 50.3 points as a result of Boise State’s switch to the MWC, and the addition of Utah and Colorado hurt the Pac-12’s conference ranking."

    Why is the Pac-12 so low?
    Looking back on the first two weeks of play, the Pac-12 lost some high profile nonconference games that hurt its ranking. Oregon’s loss to LSU and Arizona’s loss to Oklahoma State were both prime-time games with major implications in the AP Poll. Additionally, Oregon State was blown out by Wisconsin and Colorado lost by 17 points to Hawaii.​
    Again, things are fluid. If Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and USC continue to climb in the national rankings, and one or more teams join them, the Pac-12 could rise in the conference rankings.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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