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21st Century College Conference Rankings

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Here is a 19 year compilation of conference rankings using all 757 currently active college teams after being placed in their current conference. 

MAF= Avg. Member Rank among 757 currently active programs from 2000-2018.

MAPR =  Avg. Member Power Rank (Strength) among 757 currently active programs from 2000-2018.  

 

Rank * Div * Conference * MAF * MAPR * Best * 2nd Best * Worst
1 * FBS * Southeastern * 37.0 * 116.28 * Alabama * LSU * Vanderbilt
2 * FBS * Big 12 * 41.1 * 115.51 * Oklahoma * Texas * Kansas
3 * FBS * Pacific 12 * 42.2 * 114.84 * Southern Cal * Oregon * Colorado
4 * FBS * Big 10 * 46.3 * 113.63 * Ohio St * Wisconsin * Indiana  
5 * FBS * Atlantic Coast * 46.7 * 113.42 * Florida St * Clemson * Duke
6 * FBS * Mountain West * 87.2 * 104.28 * Boise St * Fresno St * San Jose St
7 * FBS * American Athletic * 87.7 * 103.96 * Cincinnati * South Florida * Tulane
8 * FBS * Mid-American * 111.4 * 99.54 * Northern Illinois * Toledo * Eastern Michigan
9 * FBS * FBS Independent * 113.2 * 100.23 * Notre Dame * Brigham Young * Liberty
10 * FBS * Conference USA * 127.2 * 97.18 * Southern Miss * Marshall * UNC-Charlotte
11 * FBS * Sun Belt * 139.4 * 94.89 * Appalachian St * Troy * Georgia St
12 * FCS * Missouri Valley * 144.8 * 93.83 * North Dakota St * Northern Iowa * Indiana St
13 * FCS * Big Sky * 158.8 * 91.64 * Montana * Eastern Washington * Northern Colorado
14 * FCS * Colonial Athletic * 171.1 * 90.17 * James Madison * Villanova * Stony Brook
15 * FCS * FCS Independent * 197.3 * 86.42 * North Dakota * North Alabama * Hampton
16 * FCS * Southern * 197.8 * 86.70 * Wofford * Furman * VMI
17 * FCS * Ivy League * 213.2 * 84.58 * Harvard * Pennsylvania * Columbia
18 * FCS * Ohio Valley * 223.5 * 83.18 * Jacksonville St * Eastern Kentucky * Austin Peay
19 * FCS * Southland * 229.1 * 83.63 * McNeese St * Sam Houston St * Houston Baptist
20 * FCS * Patriot League * 236.5 * 81.68 * Lehigh * Colgate * Georgetown DC
21 * D2 * Great Lakes Intercoll. * 248.3 * 80.63 * Grand Valley St * Saginaw Valley St * Davenport
22 * D2 * Mid-America Intercoll. * 252.0 * 80.24 * NW Missouri St * Pittsburg St * Lindenwood MO
23 * FCS * Big South * 274.5 * 78.30 * Kennesaw St * Gardner-Webb * Campbell
24 * FCS * Mid-Eastern Athletic * 299.9 * 74.81 * South Carolina St * Bethune-Cookman * Savannah St
25 * FCS * Southwestern Athletic * 310.5 * 73.36 * Grambling St * Southern U. * Mississippi Valley St
26 * D2 * Lone Star * 310.7 * 73.82 * Midwestern St * Tarleton St * TX Permian Basin
27 * D2 * Great Northwest Athl. * 319.9 * 72.90 * Central Washington * Western Oregon * Simon Fraser
28 * D2 * Gulf South * 324.9 * 73.29 * Valdosta St * Delta St * Mississippi College
29 * FCS * Northeast * 331.5 * 71.43 * Duquesne * Sacred Heart * St Francis PA
30 * D2 * Northern Sun Intercoll. * 333.5 * 71.66 * Minnesota-Duluth * MSU-Mankato * Minnesota-Crookston
31 * D2 * South Atlantic * 335.3 * 71.14 * Carson-Newman * Catawba * Limestone
32 * D2 * Pennsylvania State * 348.0 * 70.05 * Indiana PA * California PA * Seton Hill
33 * D2 * Great American  * 351.3 * 69.76 * Harding * Henderson St * Southern Nazarene
34 * FCS * Pioneer * 363.9 * 68.66 * San Diego U. * Dayton * Valparaiso
35 * D3 * Wisconsin Intercoll. * 365.9 * 68.07 * UW-Whitewater * UW-Oshkosh * UW-River Falls
36 * D2 * D-II Independent * 366.8 * 68.84 * UNC-Pembroke * UNC-Pembroke * UNC-Pembroke
37 * NAIA * Frontier  * 380.2 * 66.94 * Carroll MT * Southern Oregon * Montana St-Northern
38 * D2 * Rocky Mountain * 384.4 * 66.90 * Colorado St-Pueblo * Chadron St * South Dakota Tech
39 * D2 * Great Midwest Athl. * 401.3 * 65.40 * Hillsdale * Findlay * Kentucky Wesleyan
40 * D2 * Great Lakes Valley * 415.6 * 63.55 * Indianapolis * Truman St * Lincoln MO
41 * D2 * Mountain East * 428.4 * 62.50 * Shepherd * Charleston WV * Virginia-Wise
42 * D2 * Southern Intercoll. * 433.6 * 61.93 * Tuskegee * Albany St GA * Central State 
43 * D2 * Northeast-10 * 441.0 * 61.16 * New Haven * LIU Post * Pace
44 * D3 * Ohio Athletic * 447.9 * 60.56 * Mount Union * John Carroll * Wilmington
45 * D3 * Minnesota Intercoll. * 448.2 * 60.07 * St John's MN * St Thomas * Hamline
46 * D3 * D-III Independent * 448.3 * 60.41 * Thomas More * Thomas More * Thomas More
47 * D2 * Central Intercollegiate * 465.8 * 58.58 * Winston-Salem St * Bowie St * Lincoln PA
48 * D3 * Iowa Intercollegiate * 479.2 * 57.36 * Wartburg * Central IA * Loras
49 * NAIA * Mid-States * 479.9 * 57.86 * St Francis IN * Marian * Missouri Baptist
50 * D3 * Conf.of Ill. and Wisc. * 480.8 * 57.29 * Wheaton * North Central * North Park
51 * D3 * Northwest * 482.3 * 57.14 * Linfield * Whitworth * Lewis & Clark
52 * D3 * American Southwest * 486.3 * 56.92 * Mary Hardin-Baylor * Hardin-Simmons * Southwestern TX
53 * NAIA * Great Plains Athl. * 498.5 * 55.81 * Morningside * Northwestern IA * Dordt
54 * D3 * Liberty League * 499.1 * 55.51 * Ithaca * Hobart * St Lawrence
55 * NAIA * Heart of America * 501.0 * 55.34 * MidAmerica Nazarene * Grand View * Culver-Stockton
56 * D3 * New Jersey Athl. * 507.6 * 54.51 * Wesley * Salisbury * Southern Virginia
57 * D3 * Empire Eight * 508.0 * 54.75 * St John Fisher * Cortland St * Morrisville St
58 * NAIA * Mid-South * 520.2 * 54.06 * Reinhardt * Georgetown KY * Cincinnati Christian
59 * D3 * Centennial * 525.9 * 53.11 * Johns Hopkins * Muhlenberg * Juniata
60 * D3 * Old Dominion Athl. * 534.4 * 52.44 * Bridgewater VA * Hampden-Sydney * Shenandoah
61 * D3 * Southern Athletic * 535.3 * 52.90 * Trinity TX * Centre * Sewanee
62 * D3 * So. California Intercoll. * 543.8 * 51.06 * Redlands * Cal Lutheran * Whittier
63 * D3 * The Presidents' Athl. * 553.1 * 50.30 * Washington & Jefferson * Case Western * St Vincent
64 * D3 * North Coast Athletic * 564.1 * 47.90 * Wittenberg * Wabash * Hiram
65 * D3 * Middle Atlantic * 565.5 * 47.39 * Delaware Valley * Widener * Alvernia
66 * D3 * Michigan Intercollegiate * 572.9 * 46.17 * Hope * Trine * Finlandia
67 * D3 * USA South * 583.1 * 46.94 * Huntingdon * Brevard * Greensboro
68 * NAIA * Sooner Athletic * 595.9 * 45.36 * Ottawa AZ * Langston * Texas Wesleyan
69 * NAIA * North Star Athletic * 596.3 * 45.12 * Dickinson St * Valley City St * Presentation
70 * NAIA * Kansas Coll. Athl. * 608.7 * 43.80 * Ottawa KS * Friends * Bethel KS
71 * D3 * New England * 613.8 * 42.86 * Springfield * Worcester Polytech * Maine Maritime
72 * D3 * Heartland Coll. Athletic * 614.2 * 42.82 * Franklin * Mount St Joseph * Earlham
73 * D3 * Midwest * 619.1 * 41.64 * St Norbert * Monmouth IL * Lawrence
74 * NAIA * NAIA Independent * 622.3 * 43.32 * Indiana Wesleyan * Allen * Lawrence Tech
75 * D3 * Massachusetts SCA * 639.9 * 38.96 * Western Connecticut * Framingham St * Mass-Maritime
76 * D3 * Northern Athletics * 646.8 * 37.74 * Concordia WI * Lakeland * Eureka
77 * D3 * Commonwealth Coast * 661.3 * 35.23 * Western New England * Endicott * New England U.
78 * D3 * Upper Midwest Athl. * 678.4 * 32.50 * Northwestern MN * St Scholastica * Crown 
79   IND   Non-Affiliate   680.7   28.83 * Virginia-Lynchburg  * Apprentice-Nwpt News * Trinity Bible
80 * D3 * Eastern Collegiate   701.2   29.83 * Husson * SUNY-Maritime * Alfred State

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17 minutes ago, badbird said:

so are you saying all conferences are garbage except the SEC?

Actually I'm saying all the conferences are weak

 

 

SEC has a few competitive teams and one elite one, rest are average like the rest of nation

 

Only 2 elite teams in college football this year and one got destroyed by the other

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9 hours ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Actually I'm saying all the conferences are weak

 

 

SEC has a few competitive teams and one elite one, rest are average like the rest of nation

 

Only 2 elite teams in college football this year and one got destroyed by the other

if all are weak one still has to be better than the rest.

Lots of parity in college football and that's a good thing.  

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Here is a comparison of 2018 Conference Performance vs. their 21st Century (19 year avg.)

2018 RNK = Conference Rankings for 2018 Season

RNK Dif = Conference Rank Differential between 2018 and their 19 year avg.

2018 MAF= Member Avg. Finish among 757 active teams

MAF Dif = Member Avg. Finish Differential between 2018 and their 19 year avg.

 

2018 RNK * RNK Dif Div * Conference * 2018 MAF * MAF Dif
1 *  - FBS * Southeastern * 29.4 * 7.6
2 *  - FBS * Big 12 * 38.7 * 2.4
3 * +1 FBS * Big 10 * 42.3 * 4.0
4 * -1 FBS * Pacific 12 * 52.7 * -10.4
5 * - FBS * Atlantic Coast * 56.9 * -10.2
6 * - FBS * Mountain West * 81.8 * 5.4
7 * +2 FBS * FBS Independent * 90.0 * 23.2
8 * -1 FBS * American Athletic * 95.3 * -7.5
9 * -1 FBS * Mid-American * 105.3 * 6.1
10 * +1 FBS * Sun Belt * 111.2 * 28.2
11 * -1 FBS * Conference USA * 119.4 * 7.8
12 * - FCS * Missouri Valley * 125.6 * 19.2
13 * +1 FCS * Colonial Athletic * 158.9 * 12.2
14 * -1 FCS * Big Sky * 160.3 * -1.5
15 * +2 FCS * Ivy League * 161.3 * 52.0
16 * +3 FCS * Southland * 185.5 * 43.6
17 * -1 FCS * Southern * 188.4 * 9.3
18 * - FCS * Ohio Valley * 202.2 * 21.3
19 * +4 FCS * Big South * 244.5 * 30.0
20 * - FCS * Patriot League * 250.4 * -13.9
21 * +3 FCS * Mid-Eastern Athletic * 253.4 * 46.5
22 * -7 FCS * FCS Independent * 254.3 * -57.0
23 * +6 FCS * Northeast * 275.7 * 55.8
24 * +1 FCS * Southwestern Athletic * 283.8 * 26.7
25 * +15 D2 * Great Lakes Intercoll. * 288.4 * -40.1
26 * - D2 * Lone Star * 298.0 * 12.7
27 * -5 D2 * Mid-America Intercoll. * 299.2 * -47.2
28 * +6 FCS * Pioneer * 303.2 * 60.7
29 * -1 D2 * Gulf South * 322.1 * 2.8
30 * +3 D2 * Great American  * 345.5 * 5.8
31 * - D2 * South Atlantic * 348.1 * -12.9
32 * +6 D2 * Rocky Mountain * 359.6 * 24.7
33 * -1 D2 * Pennsylvania State * 378.9 * -30.9
34 * -7 D2 * Great Northwest Athl. * 394.4 * -74.5
35 * +5 D2 * Great Lakes Valley * 405.1 * 10.5
36 * +1 NAIA * Frontier  * 415.3 * -35.0
37 * +2 D2 * Great Midwest Athl. * 423.7 * -22.4
38 * -3 D3 * Wisconsin Intercoll. * 424.9 * -59.0
39 * +7 D3 * D-III Independent * 427.0 * 21.3
40 * +9 NAIA * Mid-States * 440.5 * 39.4
41 * +12 NAIA * Great Plains Athl. * 444.6 * 53.9
42 * +8 D3 * Conf.of Ill. and Wisc. * 445.5 * 35.3
43 * - D2 * Northeast-10 * 447.0 * -6.0
44 * -2 D2 * Mountain East * 453.7 * -25.4
45 * -3 D2 * Southern Intercoll. * 457.1 * -23.5
46 * -16 D2 * Northern Sun Intercoll. * 467.1 * -133.6
47 * -2 D3 * Minnesota Intercoll. * 474.0 * -25.8
48 * +11 D3 * Centennial * 488.8 * 37.1
49 * +12 D3 * Southern Athletic * 492.1 * 43.2
50 * -6 D3 * Ohio Athletic * 497.9 * -50.0
51 * -15 D2 * D-II Independent * 499.0 * -132.3
52 * +3 NAIA * Heart of America * 501.6 * -0.6
53 * +7 D3 * Old Dominion Athl. * 512.0 * 22.4
54 * -7 D2 * Central Intercollegiate * 522.9 * -57.1
55 * +3 NAIA * Mid-South * 523.1 * -2.9
56 * -2 D3 * Liberty League * 526.8 * -27.7
57 * -5 D3 * American Southwest * 527.2 * -40.9
58 * -10 D3 * Iowa Intercollegiate * 546.6 * -67.4
59 * -2 D3 * Empire Eight * 558.0 * -50.0
60 * +8 NAIA * Sooner Athletic * 565.6 * 30.3
61 * +5 D3 * Michigan Intercollegiate * 578.4 * -5.4
62 * +5 D3 * USA South * 584.6 * -1.5
63 * +6 NAIA * North Star Athletic * 585.0 * 11.3
64 * -13 D3 * Northwest * 596.6 * -114.4
65 * -2 D3 * The Presidents' Athl. * 597.3 * -44.2
66 * -10 D3 * New Jersey Athl. * 599.0 * -91.4
67 * +3 NAIA * Kansas Coll. Athl. * 602.9 * 5.8
68 * -4 D3 * North Coast Athletic * 624.9 * -60.8
69 * +4 D3 * Midwest * 641.1 * -22.0
70 * +1 D3 * New England * 644.1 * -30.3
71 * +3 NAIA * NAIA Independent * 648.0 * -25.7
72 * -10 D3 * So. California Intercoll. * 664.4 * -120.6
73 * -8 D3 * Middle Atlantic * 666.0 * -100.5
74 * -2 D3 * Heartland Coll. Athletic * 667.6 * -53.3
75 * - D3 * Massachusetts SCA * 676.7 * -36.7
76 * +3 IND * Non-Affiliate * 680.7 * 0.1
77 * -1 D3 * Northern Athletics * 683.4 * -36.6
78 * -1 D3 * Commonwealth Coast * 692.7 * -31.4
79 * +1 D3 * Eastern Collegiate * 718.7 * -17.6
80 * -2 D3 * Upper Midwest Athl. * 725.4 * -47.0

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