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Bowl standings: SEC still dominates

by Berry Tramel Modified: January 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm •  Published: January 7, 2014

The SEC was the best Despite OU's big win over Alabama, the SEC was best in bowl season, while the Big 12 was middle of the pack. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
The SEC was the best Despite OU's big win over Alabama, the SEC was best in bowl season, while the Big 12 was middle of the pack. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The bowl season is over and the results  are in. The Southeastern Conference reigns supreme. No surprise there.

Here are the final bowl standings.

1. SEC 7-3

2. Pac-12 6-3

3. Big 12 3-3

4. ACC 5-6

5. American 2-3

6. Big Ten 2-5

Of course, we can’t leave out the mid-majors.

Sun Belt 2-0

Independents 2-1

Mountain West 3-3

Conference USA 3-3

Mid-American 0-5

But like I wrote last week, a better gauge would be record against fellow mid-majors. For instance, the Pac-12 had three games against the Mountain West.

So here are the standings with counting just games against each:

1. SEC 6-3

2. Pac-12 3-2

3. Big 12 3-3

4. American 2-3

5. ACC 4-5

6. Big Ten 2-5

And there’s one more way to gauge, if you’re heartless. You can throw out the games against the American Conference, which is about to drop from major status. Of the American’s five bowl teams, four came against major conference teams  —  Louisville vs. Miami, Central Florida vs. Baylor, Cincinnati vs. North Carolina State and Houston vs. Vanderbilt, plus Rutgers vs. Notre Dame. Only Louisville (ACC) and Rutgers (Big Ten) are moving on to other leagues.

So taking out the American games, here are the standings:

1. SEC 5-3

2. Pac-12 3-2

3. Big 12 3-2

4. ACC 3-4

5. Big Ten 2-5

The Big 12 comes out looking OK. If Baylor or OSU had won  —  the Bears should have, the Cowboys could have  —  then the Big 12 would have been a stout 4-2.

The ACC was fortified by two BCS victories, Florida State over Auburn and Clemson over Ohio State. Otherwise, the ACC was a meager 3-6.

In fact, the Big Ten and the ACC are sort of what Bob Stoops said the SEC was. Top-heavy. Of course, the SEC’s top-heaviness meant that its upper half was dominant, its bottom half not. The Big Ten and ACC top-heaviness means each had two really good teams, and then dropped off mightily.

The Big 12 was somewhere in the middle. Not quite the power at the top, but better in the middle.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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