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Offseason Filler: Ranking the 2017 Power Five Football Conferences

Who’s number one?

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2. Southeastern Conference

For years, the SEC was regarded as the premier conference in college football. Through Alabama’s win in 2015, the SEC was in a stretch of — national championships in — years. Things changed when Clemson upset Alabama in January, but more than that, bowl season shone a light on both conferences.

The SEC did not have a great postseason. 6-7 isn’t quite so bad, but when you claim to be the best conference around, it’s not good enough. Thirteen of their teams made it, which in itself is impressive, but they were hoping for more than six victories. Compare this to the ACC’s nine and you have a top to bottom better league sharing the South. The SEC had just one team in the top ten and three in the top 20.

3. Big Ten Conference

This was a tough call between the Big Ten and Pac-12. Both conferences are and have been top-heavy. We took the Big Ten now because both Ohio State and Penn State should be ferocious in 2017, and they’ve got more top-ten teams. At the end of last season, they had four. Of course, there were no ranked teams below them from their conference. Now that’s top-heavy.

No doubt, bowl season was a major disappointment. Moving forward, the Buckeyes, Nittany Lions, Wisconsin, and Michigan should all be contending in some capacity in 2017.

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