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Ranking The Best College Football Programs By Conference

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Predicting every team's first loss.

Last week the six of us here at College Spun ranked every Power 5 college football program, No. 66 to No. 1. 

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Each of us gave every team scores from 1-10 in five different categories: on-field performance, recruiting prowess, head coach, future hope, and stability. 

The max score a team could receive is 300 with 60 being the most points a team could received in each of the five categories. 

The rankings basically answer this question: which college football programs are best positioned for success now and into the future? 

Now, we'll show you how the programs in each conference stack up against each other. Who's best positioned for success in the ACC? Big 12? Big Ten? SEC? Pac-12? 

And finally, how do the conferences stack up against each other?

So we'll show you the rankings for each conference and then a ranking of the conferences against each other. 

Start With The ACC >>>

ACC 

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Each program could receive a high score of 300. The program's overall ranking out of the 66 teams we ranked is included in parentheses. We included Notre Dame in the ACC's rankings due to the Fighting Irish's partnership with the conference. 

  1. Florida State - 276 (3)
  2. Clemson - 273 (4)
  3. Notre Dame - 250 (8)
  4. Miami - 213. (21)
  5. Louisville - 200 (25)
  6. North Carolina - 198 (27)
  7. Virginia Tech - 184 (33)
  8. Duke - 167 - (38)
  9. Georgia Tech - 166 (39)
  10. Pittsburgh - 160 (45)
  11. N.C. State - 137 (51)
  12. Virginia - 109 (57)
  13. Syracuse - 106 (58)
  14. Boston College - 76 (64)
  15. Wake Forest - 66 (65)

The ACC's average score: 172.1 

Next: Big 12 >>>

Big 12

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Each program could receive a high score of 300. The program's overall ranking out of the 66 teams we ranked is included in parentheses. We included BYU in the Big 12's rankings due to the possibility the Cougars could be added to the league in the future. 

  1. Oklahoma - 254 (7)
  2. Baylor - 227 (13)
  3. TCU - 225 (15)
  4. Texas - 208 (22)
  5. Oklahoma State - 197 (28)
  6. West Virginia - 174 (36)
  7. Kansas State - 165 (40)
  8. Texas Tech - 161 (43)
  9. BYU - 148 (48)
  10. Iowa State - 85 (62)
  11. Kansas - 57 (66)

The Big 12's total score: 172.8

Next: Big Ten >>>

Big Ten 

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Each program could receive a high score of 300. The program's overall ranking out of the 66 teams we ranked is included in parentheses.

  1. Ohio State - 292 (2)
  2. Michigan - 255 (5)
  3. Michigan State - 237 (11)
  4. Wisconsin - 202 (24)
  5. Nebraska - 199 (26)
  6. Penn State - 195 (29)
  7. Iowa - 190 (32)
  8. Northwestern - 170 (37)
  9. Maryland - 161 (44)
  10. Minnesota - 121 (54)
  11. Indiana - 111 (55)
  12. Rutgers - 110 (56)
  13. Illinois - 103 (59)
  14. Purdue - 91 (61)

The Big Ten's average score: 174.1.

Next: The Pac-12 >>>

Pac-12 

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Each program could receive a high score of 300. The program's overall ranking out of the 66 teams we ranked is included in parentheses.

  1. Stanford - 248 (9)
  2. Oregon - 246 (10)
  3. USC - 223 (17)
  4. UCLA - 214 (20)
  5. Washington - 178 (34)
  6. Arizona - 165 (41)
  7. Utah - 164 (42)
  8. Arizona State - 159 (46)
  9. California - 151 (47)
  10. Washington State - 143 (50)
  11. Oregon State - 124 (53)
  12. Colorado - 96 (60)

The Pac-12's average score: 175. 

Next: The SEC >>>

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SEC

Each program could receive a high score of 300. The program's overall ranking out of the 66 programs we ranked is included in parentheses.

  1. Alabama - 295 (1)
  2. LSU - 254 (6)
  3. Georgia - 235 (12)
  4. Ole Miss - 225 (14)
  5. Florida - 224 (16)
  6. Auburn - 222 (18)
  7. Tennessee - 221 (19)
  8. Texas A&M - 207 (23)
  9. Arkansas - 193 (30)
  10. Mississippi State - 192 (31)
  11. South Carolina - 175 (35)
  12. Missouri - 148 (49)
  13. Kentucky - 136 (52)
  14. Vanderbilt - 77 (63)

The SEC's average score: 200.3. 

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How The Conferences Stacked Up Against Each Other

Unsurprisingly, the SEC is - by far - the conference with the most teams best positioned for success in the future. 

The ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 all had pretty similar average scores. The SEC's average score was about 15 percent higher than the other four conferences. 

Here's how they stacked up:

  1. SEC - 200.3
  2. Pac-12 - 175
  3. Big Ten - 174.1
  4. Big 12 - 172.8
  5. ACC - 172.1

How would you rank the conferences going forward?

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