Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Ultimate College Cheat - Sheet (SI Style)

This link has it all from a complete ranking of all 119 teams, to the toughest conferences, to bowl projections, to coaches on the hot seat - basically everything you need to know heading into another season of CFB. Where does your school fallout? Where will your team be playing in December or January? SI's 5-minute guide has all the answers (note, it's still August). Right now they see Ohio State taking on Notre Dame for all the marbles in Arizona. That won't happen.

Here's how the conferences fallout in their view:

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 dominant team.
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 expanded BCS.
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.
10. MAC: The teams at the top can play with some of the big boys, but the league gets dragged down by its weak sisters.
11. SUN BELT: Teams from BCS conferences seeking wins to become bowl-eligible should look here.

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