Pac-12 still fourth in power rankings

For the third straight week, the conference atop ESPN Stats & Info’s Conference Power Rankings is not the same as the previous week.

The SEC is again No. 1 over the Big 12. And the Pac-12 remains fourth.

Why did the SEC make its move up?

The SEC again tops the Conference Power Rankings after close wins by Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. The top of the conference is proving stronger than just LSU and Alabama, as the SEC has four teams ranked in the AP Top 10 and six teams in the AP Top 25. No other conference has more than two teams ranked in the Top 10, and the Big Ten is the next-closest conference with five teams ranked in the Top 25.

The Big 12 fell significantly after Texas A&M and Texas Tech lost to Missouri and Iowa State, respectively. Missouri and Iowa State were a combined 1-7 in conference games prior to their victories, resulting in both Texas A&M and Texas Tech falling out of the AP Top 25. The SEC now leads all conferences in AP Points.

What about the Pac-12? Well, it moved up again, though not enough to overtake the Big Ten in third place.

The Pac-12 gained 3.7 points this week after the Stanford-USC triple overtime thriller. USC only fell one spot and 17 points in the AP Rankings after the loss, and wins by Oregon and Arizona State continued the Pac-12’s ascent in the polls.

The Pac-12 is just 3.2 points behind the Big Ten. It was 6.2 points behind last week and 22 points behind two weeks ago. The distance ahead of the fifth-place ACC also increased to 18 points. It was 14.4 points last week.