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2015 College Football Betting – Ranking The Power Conferences

Posted by Blake Frazier on 8/20/2015 9:34:46 PM

The college football season starts in roughly two weeks, so it’s the time of year when people make predictions about the coming season. How do each of the five power conferences stack up, for example? That’s one thing to be discussed before kickoff on September 3.

1 – Pac-12

This is now the conference with the most good teams, though perhaps not the most great teams. The Pac-12 has Oregon, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah, a large number of teams in contention for the league championship. If any team from the lower portion of the conference – perhaps California as a sleeper, or Washington as a team that could achieve some success with a younger roster – is able to overachieve, the Pac-12 could become an even deeper league. Even if that last scenario doesn’t happen, the Pac-12 still has a majority of its 12 teams that are going to be good. The SEC might not be able to make that same claim with its 14 teams this season.

2 – SEC

The conference which has long been considered the best in the country is still going to be very good, but it might not be as tough as the Pac-12 this year. Injuries are beginning to affect some SEC programs. LSU just lost one of its key defensive players from the back seven. Arkansas just lost Jonathan Williams, its best running back, which is a huge loss. Auburn faces real questions with a new starting quarterback, Jeremy Johnson. Texas A&M is breaking in John Chavis as defensive coordinator, and while Chavis is very good, it might take a year for his system to gain traction with the Aggies. Florida and Tennessee are mysterious teams in the East, talented but very raw and unpolished. South Carolina looks like a team that is rebuilding. Georgia has serious questions at quarterback. Missouri loses some key players from its 2014 defensive line. This conference is still deep, but the quality of that depth isn’t what it was in 2013 or 2014.

3 – Big 12

The league which did not make the College Football Playoff last season has TCU and Baylor at the top again, and then come three teams which should be able to make at least some noise: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State. If those three teams below TCU and Baylor play well, the Big 12 should be a very tough conference to play in this season. Texas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech don’t appear to be all that strong, but if at least one of those three teams exceeds expectations, a majority of the Big 12’s ten teams will be very tough in 2015, creating a highly difficult league.

4 – Big Ten

The conference is extremely tough at the top with Ohio State and Michigan State, but the Big Ten West Division – with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa – is such a question mark that the league can’t be placed any higher than fourth.

5 – ACC

The Florida State juggernaut loses way too much firepower this season, especially Jameis Winston, in order to be seen as a top-class national power. Clemson could be a great team, but if Deshaun Watson gets injured again, the Tigers are ordinary. Georgia Tech could win the conference, but the Yellow Jackets lose a lot at running back and wide receiver. The ACC is very thin after Florida State, Clemson, and Georgia Tech, so it falls in last place among the five power conferences.

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