AQ stats before the 2010-11 season

So, doing some digging around, I found some interesting stats regarding the BCS and their Auto-Qualifier formula that were in place before the 2010-11 season happened. Before I get to the standings, let me spell out the criteria (3 parts) every conference must meet in order to be guaranteed the BCS Golden Ticket:

1. The conference must finish among the top six in a listing of the average of each conference’s highest ranked team at the end of each regular season.

2. The conference must finish among the top six in a listing of the average computer rankings of every conference’s full roster of teams at the end of each regular season.

3. The conference must accumulate a score of at least 50 percent of the highest ranking conference’s score in the Adjusted Top-25 Performance Ranking, which measures how many teams each conference placed in the BCS top 25 and adjusts for conference size.

And, now, here are how the conferences fared before the 2010-11 season started…

CRITERION #1
1. Big 12 (1.5)
1. SEC (1.5)
3. Mountain West (5)
4. Pac-10 (6)
5. Big East (7.5)
6. WAC (7.5)
7. Big Ten (9)
8. ACC (11.5)

As you can see, the always-overrated Big Ten and ACC finished outside the Top 6. As far as the Big East is concerned, the only reason they were still in the Top 5 was because of WVU. Cincinnati certainly did not help matters during their appearances in the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl… especially the Fiesta Bowl. We all know that UConn won’t help matters much when the new stats are released.

CRITERION #2
1. SEC (38.63)
2. ACC (40.34)
3. Big East (42.69)
4. Big 12 (46.38)
5. Pac-10 (49.85)
6. Big Ten (50.91)
7. Mountain West (58.61)
8. WAC (72.28)

Looks like the current BCS conferences all finished in the Top 6 in this category.

CRITERION #3
1. SEC (22, 100 percent)
2. Big Ten (20.25, 92 percent)
3. Big 12 (20, 90.9 percent)
3. MWC (20, 90.9 percent)
5. Pac-10 (15.75, 71.6 percent)
6. Big East (15, 68.2 percent)
7. ACC (12, 54.5 percent)
8. WAC (8.75, 39.8 percent)

Once again, the overrated ACC finished out of the Top 6. The Big East is barely hanging on because slapdick Cincinnati got curb-stomped in the 2010 Sugar Bowl by a pissed off Tim Tebow/Florida Gators team.

So, based on these rankings, here would be my 6 AQ Conferences (the first 4 schools finished in the Top 6 in all 3 criteria)…

1) SEC
2) PAC-10
3) Big 12
4) Big East
5) Big 10
6) Mountain West

The ACC would be the odd man out, and the WAC wouldn’t even get a second look because both conferences only finished in 1/3 in the Top 6. The Big 10 and MWC qualified for 2/3 on the chart. Can’t wait to see the new rankings when they are released.

Source: CNN SI

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