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Conference power rankings debut on Bleacher Report

As part of the College Football Editorial Team on Bleacher Report I mainly focus on Penn State football. But form time to time I’ll dip in to some national college football discussion.

Today I posted the first of my college football conference power rankings for the 2011 season. I will be ranking each conference throughout the 2011 season based on my own opinions on the conferences and using on-field performance as the main criteria. As I note, I will update the power rankings on a few occasions rather than on a weekly basis (preseason, weeks 4, 8 and 12, pre-bowls and post-bowls).

As you might suspect, the SEC took top honors in the debut power rankings. I have the Big Ten and PAC 12 nipping on the heels of the SEC, edging out the Big 12 in ironic fashion. If there is one conference I feel I ranked a bit high, it is the Mountain West Conference. With TCU and Boise State, the MWC has two teams that could legitimately make a run for a BCS game, which puts them above the likes of the Big East and ACC in my book. But they could drop quickly if non-conference games don’t go their way during the season.

As a reminder, I do not include independents in this power ranking.

You can view the preseason power rankings here, and lave your comments with your thoughts here or on Bleacher Report.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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