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Big 12 nearing SEC for top conference

ESPN Stats and Info is back again with its weekly conference power rankings, and the SEC holds a narrow lead above the Big 12 through two weeks of play. The SEC held a sizable lead over the nation's other conferences for all of 2010.

The rankings are graded on a 100-point scale, and the SEC leads with a score of 98.1. The Big 12 has a score of 97.5

The No. 3 conference is the Big Ten, with a rating of 81.7.

The Big 12 is No. 1 in the computer rankings and No. 2 in the human polls, both of which are factored into the conference rankings.

The Big 12 has three teams in the top 10, and five in the top 25, as well as Missouri among the top teams receiving votes just outside the top 25.

The SEC has two teams in the top three, and seven teams in the top 25.

Writes Sharon Katz and Albert Larcada:

While the season is still very young, and some of the computers remain somewhat based off of last season’s results, the emergence of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor have the Big 12 in the mix as the best conference in the country.

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Perhaps the biggest game of the first two weekends was Baylor’s victory over TCU. As results of this game, TCU lost 524 points in the AP Poll since its preseason ranking, and Baylor -- who was unranked in the preseason poll -- gained 374 points and is now in 19th place. The Big 12 is now 14-1 overall while the MWC is 9-6.

Next week’s rankings could see major differences after three full weeks of play. Big games for Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan State, and Notre Dame this upcoming weekend may result in significant changes.

Lots of tough games in the Big 12 this week as six of the league's members go on the road for the first time this season.

We'll see how this ranking looks by season's end.