Which conferences are the best in college football this year?

Over at SportsBlog, Brian advances the argument that the SEC is the best. As one data point, he points out that the Pac-10 are beating each other up and therefore giving each other losses.

That is not really compelling data. I looked at the interconference records so far, starting from Rich Tellshow’s data, and then eliminating Div I-AA results. Here’s what I see:

Wins Losses %
Big Twelve 28 12 0.700
Big10 28 14 0.667
Pac Ten 21 12 0.636
Big East 18 11 0.621
Conference USA 16 13 0.552
Southeastern 16 13 0.552
Atlantic Coast 11 9 0.550
Mountain West 10 14 0.417
Independents 8 14 0.364
Mid-American 11 22 0.333
Western Athletic 6 20 0.231
Sun Belt 2 21 0.087



The evidence suggests that the Big12, Pac10, Big10 are doing fine this year, while the SEC is just an average performer.