Updated out-of-conference records for the season, post Duke-streak-busting-celebration:
Now that's a shade more respectable. The ACC raised it's winning percentage 100 points from last week while the Big East dropped 100 points. Kudos to the SEC for just gettin' it done.
Conf. Record Pct. SEC 18-3 .857 Big 10 26-7 .788 Big East 18-5 .783 Pac 10 20-6 .769 Big XII 27-9 .750 ACC 16-8 .667
ON THE ROAD
The ACC has the second highest percentage of non-conference games in unfriendly environments...
I retract my "kudos to the SEC" statement above. They damn well better have that good of an OOC record if 18 of their 21 non-conference games have been at home.
Conference OOC Games/Road Games Pct. Big East 23/9 .391 ACC 24/8 .333 Pac 10 26/8 .308 Big XII 36/11 .306 Big 10 33/8 .242 SEC 21/3 .143
The ACC is also tied for the second-highest percentage of it's non-conference competition coming against power conference (BCS) schools. See below:
And each conference's record against other power-league competition:
Conference OOC Games/BCS Foes Pct. Big East 23/9 .391 ACC 24/8 .333 Big 10 33/11 .333 SEC 21/7 .333 Pac 10 26/8 .308 Big XII 36/10 .278
Considering that 4 of the ACC's 5 losses in this category are to teams currently ranked 2, 4, 5, and 24 in the latest AP poll, that 3-5 record looks a tad more respectable. I was just as mystified as you are by the Big 10's 7-4 record against power conference competition, but then I realized that four of the seven wins are over Notre Dame (twice) and Syracuse (twice).
Conf. Record Pct. Big 10 7-4 .636 Pac 10 5-3 .625 SEC 4-3 .571 Big XII 5-5 .500 Big East 4-5 .444 ACC 3-5 .375
THE 1-AA (OR "FCS" IF YOU WANT TO BE ALL TECHNICAL) FACTOR
The percentage of non-conference games against 1-AA competition...
Bravo to the Pac 10, a half-hearted thumbs up to the Big XII, and a pox on all the other conferences.
Conference OOC Games/1-AA Foes Pct. Big East 23/6 .261 SEC 21/5 .238 Big 10 33/7 .212 ACC 24/5 .208 Big XII 36/5 .139 Pac 10 26/2 .008
THOUGHTS & CONCLUSION
I'd still classify the ACC as the worst of the BCS/power-leagues right now, although the Big East now appears most ripe to be overtaken...being just an 8-team league, losses like Louisville's to Kentucky resonate that much more. The ACC and Big East meet up 5 times in the next few weeks (UNC-USF, NC State-Louisville, Maryland-Rutgers, UVA-Pitt, UVA-UConn)...unfortunately, all 5 ACC participants in those games are in the bottom half of the league whereas 3 of the 5 Big East clubs are in the top half of their league. If the ACC managed just two wins in those contests, I'd classify the ACC as better than the Big East.
Considering all the above factors, I'd rank the conferences in this order after three weeks of play:
1. Pac 10All is not lost, ACC fans. When Duke can march into a Big 10 stadium and come out with a win, perhaps the worm has finally turned.
3. (tie) Big 10 & Big XII
5. Big East