College football conference power ranking: 2021 season





With the exception of the college football invitational final, the bowl games are over. Some conferences have been suspended. Others have excelled. Some teams have been forced to back down due to COVID-19. Some teams call for shenanigans. Some teams use excuses for the losses while others proudly wave their trophies. Who is the ultimate conference? Read below. Alas, the final conference standings of the season.

1. Big 12 Conference (29-8, 9-0 v FCS) (5-2 in the bowls)

The Big 12 Conference regains first place after a very successful bowl season. Notre Dame has suffered two losses this season. Both of those losses came against schools that will attend the Big 12 conference in the years to come. The Big 12 finished 3-0 against the SEC, edging them 97-34. What was it about the Big 12 Conference? They don’t play defense? The teams coached by Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach each had a touchdown. 70 percent of the conference went to a game of bowls. 50 percent of the conference won their bowl game. 20 percent of the conference won a New Years Six Bowl. 40 percent of the conference won their bowl games with 15 points or more. None of these matches have been played against a Group of Five school. Ladies and gentlemen, the best conference in college football is: The Big 12 Conference.

-Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech 34 Mississippi State 7

-Guaranteed rate bowl: Minnesota 18 West Virginia 6

-Cheez-It Bowl: No.19 Clemson 20 Iowa State 13

-Alamo Bowl: # 14 Oklahoma 47 # 15 Oregon 32

-Fiesta Bowl: No.9 Oklahoma State 37 No.5 Notre Dame 35

-Sugar Bowl: No.6 Baylor 21 No.8 Ole Miss 7

-Texas Bowl: Kansas State 42 LSU 20

2.American Athletic Conference (31-20, 9-1 v FCS) (6-1 in bowls)

The ACC did not want to attend this conference after watching UCF and Houston take down Auburn and Florida. The only loss this conference suffered in the bowling season came against the nation’s No.1 team. It’s impressive. The new Big 12 conference finished 5-1 against the SEC, and the only loss was against No.1 Alabama. Buy the Big 12 stock now while prices are low.

-Myrtle Beach Bowl: Tulsa 30 Old Dominion 17

-Bol Gasparilla: UCF 29 Florida 17

-Birmingham Bowl: No. 21 Houston 17 Auburn 13

-Cotton Bowl: No.1 Alabama 27 No.4 Cincinnati 6

-Hawaii Bowl: Memphis def. Hawaii by package

-Military Bowl: East Carolina beat. Boston College by package

-Fenway Bowl: SMU def. Virginie by package

3. Mountain West Conference (35-22, 9-2 vs. FCS) (5-3 in the bowls)

Two of the three bowl losses were due to COVID-19, or at least that’s what has been said. On the other hand, the state of Utah has provided us with further evidence that the Mountain West conference is the superior conference to the Pac-12. Utah State’s victory over Oregon State gives Mountain West a record for wins against the Pac-12. Let’s not forget that two former members dominated what was once known as Pac-10 this year. Utah won the conference. BYU beat Utah and went 4-0 against other schools in the Pac-12 Conference. Yes, there are stinks at the Mountain West Conference. On the other hand, the top half of this conference is pretty darn good. The Power Five teams don’t want to deal with Boise State, Air Force, Nevada, or San Diego State.

-New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State 31 UTEP 24

-LA Bowl: State of Utah 24 State of Oregon 13

-Famous Bowl of Idaho Potatoes: Wyoming 52 Kent State 38

-Frisco Bowl: San Diego State 38 No.24 UTSA 24

-Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan 52 Nevada 24

-First Responder Bowl: Air Force 31 Louisville 28

-Hawaii Bowl: Memphis def. Hawaii by package

-Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan won. State of Boise by package

4. Southeastern Conference (54-16, 13-1 vs. FCS) (5-8 in the bowls)

The SEC has suffered as many losses during the bowl season as it has in the regular season. Oh, you mean the SEC can’t compete with real teams? This is what I have been saying from the start. When the conference plays against schools with winning records rather than beating UL Monroe and ETSU… ..oh wait a second. Vanderbilt lost to ETSU. Excuse me. Perhaps Samford is a better example. After all, Florida beat Samford 70-52. 18 points is a pretty decent margin of victory, right?
The bottom line is that this conference sucks. It’s too heavy. There’s Alabama and Georgia, then there’s 50 pounds of shit, then there’s the rest of the SEC. The new Big 12 conference finished 5-0 in bowl games against unnamed SEC teams in Alabama. I’d be wrong if I didn’t mention the Aggies’ COVID-19 package. Let’s face it. A&M didn’t want to be part of Wake Forest. How humiliating would it have been to lose to an ACC school? Kudos to Rutgers for stepping in at the last minute when I’m sure the Wake Forest fans said “And that’s goodbye to A&M”.

-Armed Forces Bowl: Army 24 Missouri 22

-Bol Gasparilla: UCF 29 Florida 17

-Birmingham Bowl: No. 21 Houston 17 Auburn 13

-Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech 34 Mississippi State 7

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: South Carolina 38 North Carolina 21

-Music City Bowl: Purdue 48 Tennessee 45

-Gator Bowl: No. 20 Wake Forest 38 Rutgers 10 (Texas A&M Forfeit)

-Cotton Bowl: No.1 Alabama 27 No.4 Cincinnati 6

-Orange bowl: No.3 Georgia 34 No.2 Michigan 11

-Outback Bowl: No.22 Arkansas 24 Penn State 10

-Citrus Bowl: No.25 Kentucky 20 No.17 Iowa 17

-Sugar Bowl: No.6 Baylor 21 No.8 Ole Miss 7

-Texas Bowl: Kansas State 42 LSU 20

5. Big Ten Conference (39-12, 7-0 v FCS) (6-3 in bowls + 0-1 in replacement APR)

They finished 1-3 against the SEC. The real key factor here was Iowa’s loss to Kentucky. Losing to SEC West? Okay, the conference is probably staying ahead of the SEC in this case. Losing to an SEC East school that isn’t called Georgia? Yeah, you get off. The Big Ten has rejected any justification for staying ahead of the SEC, so it goes from No.1 to No.5 because the SEC has no justification for being in the top three. The SEC sucked, and the Big Ten conference is the only reason the SEC’s record doesn’t look as bad as the conference’s on the ground. Oh, did you beat West Virginia? Whoopdy freaking doo! BYU would beat the state of Ohio. In fact, maybe UAB would too.

-Guaranteed rate bowl: Minnesota 18 West Virginia 6

– Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland 54 Virginia Tech 10

-Music City Bowl: Purdue 48 Tennessee 45

-Peach Bowl: No.11 Michigan State 31 No.13 Pitt 21

-Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin 20 Arizona State 13

-Rutgers replaced Texas A&M based on APR scores in the Gator Bowl

-Orange bowl: No.3 Georgia 34 No.2 Michigan 11

-Outback Bowl: No.22 Arkansas 24 Penn State 10

-Citrus Bowl: No.25 Kentucky 20 No.17 Iowa 17

-Rose Bowl: No.7 Ohio State 48 No.10 Utah 45

6. Atlantic Coast Conference (36-27, 12-1 v FCS) (3-7 in bowls)

I hate to take anything away from Wake Forest after its stellar season, but the ACC really only had one real bowl win. Hey! If I were Texas A&M, I would be scared to play Wake Forest. Then again, the Aggies were afraid of playing Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech for the past decade. I have no proof, but something in my mind tells me that the ACC has asked schools to use COVID-19 as an excuse to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the American’s schools. These two bowl games have been canceled. This is not surprising since ACC has the Washington, DC market. Politics as usual?

-First Responder Bowl: Air Force 31 Louisville 28

– Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland 54 Virginia Tech 10

-Cheez-It Bowl: No.19 Clemson 20 Iowa State 13

-Duke’s Mayo Bowl: South Carolina 38 North Carolina 21

-Peach Bowl: No.11 Michigan State 31 No.13 Pitt 21

-Gator Bowl: No. 20 Wake Forest 38 Rutgers 10 (Texas A&M Forfeit)

-Military Bowl: East Carolina beat. Boston College by package

-Holiday Bowl: No.18 North Carolina State def. UCLA by package

-Fenway Bowl: SMU def. Virginie by package

-Sun Bowl: Central Michigan 24 Washington State 21 (Miami (FL) Package)

7. USA Conference (27-37, 14-0 against FCS) (3-5 in the bowls)

The USA conference has had a strong start to the season, winning three of its first four games. They were on their way to move up the rankings, but the conference collapsed and ended in a losing record. The Sun Belt doesn’t jump on them because one of its top three teams lost. While the Sun Belt have an overall winning record, Conference USA have beaten every FCS team they’ve played against and now have a win over a BYU team that finished 6-1 against the Power Five Schools. Unfortunately for Conference USA, it is likely to lose seven of its eight bowl schools due to the conference realignment.

-Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee 31 Toledo 24

-Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky 59 Appalachian State 38

-New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State 31 UTEP 24

– Independence Bowl: UAB 31 No.12 BYU 28

-New Orleans Bowl: No.16 Louisiana-Lafayette 36 Marshall 21

-Myrtle Beach Bowl: Tulsa 30 Old Dominion 17

-Frisco Bowl: San Diego State 38 No.24 UTSA 24

– Frisco Football Classic: Miami (OH) 27 North Texas 14

8. Sun Belt Conference (24-20, 8-1 vs FCS) (3-1 in the bowls)

To be honest, I don’t think this conference is as good as the record says. I think it’s like the SEC in the sense that it’s very heavy. Louisiana-Lafayette would likely have finished second in the SEC East this year behind Georgia. So, why Florida stole his trainer.

-Cure Bowl: Coastal Carolina 47 Northern Illinois 41

-Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky 59 Appalachian State 38

-New Orleans Bowl: No.16 Louisiana-Lafayette 36 Marshall 21

-Camelia Bowl: Georgia State 51 Ball State 20

9. MAC (24-32, 11-1 v FCS) (3-5 in boules + 1-0 in emergency replacement games)

The MAC came out of the gates this bowl season with a 0-4 record. They caught up, however, and managed to get out of the cellar thanks to a terrible performance from the Pac-12. And what about central Michigan? They would have “improved” their opponent and won. I would expect Boise State to beat Washington State, but if the Pac-12 claims Power Five conference status, central Michigan deserves to use that statement to its advantage.
-Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee 31 Toledo 24

-Cure Bowl: Coastal Carolina 47 Northern Illinois 41

– Loan tree bowl: Liberty 56 Eastern Michigan 20

-Famous Bowl of Idaho Potatoes: Wyoming 52 Kent State 38

– Frisco Football Classic: Miami (OH) 27 North Texas 14

-Camelia Bowl: Georgia State 51 Ball State 20

-Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan 52 Nevada 24

-Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan won. State of Boise by package

-Central Michigan replaced Miami (FL) in the Sun Bowl and won

10. Pac 12 (16-27, 7-2 vs FCS) (0-6 in bowls)

Wow! This team entered the bowl season in ninth place. Perhaps this is because they have the benefit of the doubt to qualify as a “Power Five Conference”. This conference was so bad, and his teams know it. Not a single victory in the bowl season. The Mountain West Conference ends the season with a winning record against the Pac-12. At this point, the Big Sky conference might be better than the Pac-12.

-LA Bowl: State of Utah 24 State of Oregon 13

-Alamo Bowl: # 14 Oklahoma 47 # 15 Oregon 32

-Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin 20 Arizona State 13

-Rose Bowl: No.7 Ohio State 48 No.10 Utah 45

-Holiday Bowl: No.18 North Carolina State def. UCLA by package

-Sun Bowl: Central Michigan 24 Washington State 21 (Miami (FL) Package)

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