The Big East remained behind Conference USA and the Mountain West in the latest ESPN Stats & Information power rankings, and it did not help the league to have zero teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
Thanks to Cincinnati dropping out of the rankings, the Big East actually lost points this week. To understand how these power rankings are calculated, you need to know that they measure both the top tier of the conference and the depth of the conference. The AP rankings are used as a proxy to show the strength of the top schools. The computer rankings illustrate depth top to bottom.
While the computer average has the Big East at No. 6, the AP rank is No. 9 -- tied with the Sun Belt, MAC and WAC. The Mountain West and C-USA are not as deep as the Big East, but they are better at the top -- each conference has two teams ranked in the Top 25. And that is a major reason they are ahead of the Big East in these conference power rankings.