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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CFBTN 101: P-Top, -Mid and -Bot

Technically, P-Top, -Mid and -Bot are three measures of how hard it would be to go undefeated, win half your games or win at least one game in each conference. An equally valid way of interpreting these measures, though, is that they tell us how good the conference is at the top, from top to bottom, and at the bottom.

The SEC is leading the nation in P-Top, but as in 2012, the Big 12 beats out the SEC in P-Mid and P-Bot. Any unbiased observer (if there is such a thing) would agree: while the SEC has the nation's elite teams (and a lot of national championship trophies to show for it), the Big 12 has only one uncompetitive team to the SEC's two. The Pac 12, Big 10 and ACC are 3rd, 4th and 5th in that order, with the Pac 12 scoring relatively low at the bottom. The other notable outlier is the WAC, who is 7th by P-Top and 11th in the other two, suggesting that Utah St and Louisiana Tech (and possibly San Jose St) are competitive at a much higher level than the rest of the conference. Go to Conf: Rank for complete results.

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