2011 Conference Power Ranks (4 Year Recruiting Ave)

CFBMatrix 2011 College Football Season Conference Rankings

Unlike a lot of media outlets, I do not change the power rankings every week based on some theory or idea that teams and entire conferences get significantly better or worse in any given week.  The CFBMatrix model is rooted in 4 year trends and based in team recruiting ranking.  The season rank is a average of the Composite Team Rankings that we use for the entire season.

This type of straight up modeling is very easy to understand and involves no calculations for coaching effect and home/away scheduling.  This is raw recruiting power at its most basic.

As you can see below, the SEC clearly is dominate in talent with an average class of just over #22 over the past 4 years and all 12 teams.  The next 4, PAC12, ACC, Big10 and Big12 are all within between a #37 and #40 average class per team.  All four are heavy with elite or near-elite power at the top of the conference.  The last AQ conference, and well behind the top 5, is the Big East with a per team average of #51 (which is lower than all but Vandy in the SEC).

The rest are just the non-AQ conferences that are no where close to even the Big East.  Unfortunately, most fans feel that if you can just win all your games in the Conference USA, MWC or the WAC then you are better than a 1 or 2 loss team from an AQ conference.  The second chart is a detailed breakdown of the divisions within conferences to further illustrate the powers within a conference and teams that all play each other during the season.

2011 Power Rank

Conference

4 Yr Ave Recruiting Class

1

SEC

22.1

2

PAC12

37.2

3

ACC

38.5

4

BIG 12

39.0

5

BIG TEN

40.2

6

Big East

51.2

7

Conf USA

76.3

8

MWC

85.3

9

WAC

93.8

10

SunBelt

98.8

11

MAC

100.1

2011 Power Rank

Conference Division

4 Yr Ave Recruiting Class

1

SEC West

17.3

2

SEC East

27.0

3

PAC12 North

34.4

4

ACC Atlantic

37.4

5

BIG 12

39.0

6

Big10 Legends

39.4

7

ACC Coastal

39.5

8

PAC12 South

40.1

9

Big10 Leaders

41.0

10

Big East

51.2

11

Conf USA

76.3

12

MWC

85.3

13

WAC

93.8

14

SunBelt

98.8

15

MAC

100.1

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