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Conference power rankings: Pac-12 third

The Stats & Info gang is once again doing its weekly conference power rankings. And the Big 12 has the early bragging rights, followed by the SEC and then the Pac-12.

The power rankings use a formula that equally weights the rankings from the AP poll and a combination of the available BCS computer rankings. The Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 all rank first, second and third, respectively, in the AP poll and computer rankings.

You can see the complete Stats & Info story here.

As Sharon Katz points out in the article, it's early. And while the Big 12 is 15-2 against teams outside the conference, its teams have only faced three AQ opponents.

Writes Katz:

It should be no surprise that the Pac-12 is in third place after going 6-1 against AQ opponents on Saturday, including four wins by double digits. Pac-12 teams upset three ranked opponents at home (No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 18 Oklahoma State) on Saturday and are 17-6 overall in games outside the conference.

The Big 12 has five ranked teams in Oklahoma (5), West Virginia (9), Texas (14), TCU (16) and Kansas State (21). The Pac-12 has five ranked teams in USC (2), Oregon (4), Stanford (21), UCLA (22) and Arizona (24).

The one major difference? The Big 12 is yet to play a ranked opponent. The Pac-12 played four of them in Week 2.

So what do we take from this? Not a whole lot. Especially two weeks into the season. The Pac-12 has faced significantly stiffer competition as a conference and come out ahead in most of those games.