Power 5 Conferences Predictions

Power 5 Conferences Predictions

By Andrew Kalb

 

The power 5 conferences consist of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). These conferences are known as the power 5 because they are pretty much the best conferences in division 1 college football. The name “power 5” is not actually a term used by the NCAA but commonly used just by fans. Each conference has multiple great teams which makes for great in-conference games and a  great conference championship. Every conference has divisions besides the Big 12 who only has 10 teams. This is because of conference realignment and a bunch of dumb rules made by the NCAA. Now to get into how i think each conference will look by the end of the season.

ACC

The ACC consists of teams along the east coast with some outliers and is a very top heavy conference with only 3 teams competitive enough to win a national championship in Miami, Florida State and Clemson so be on the lookout for one of those 3 teams to be crowned the champion of the ACC. Here is how i think the divisions will pan out when it comes to the end of the season.

 

ACC Atlantic                                           

  1. Clemson                              
  2. Florida State                          
  3. Boston College                              
  4. NC State                                
  5. Louisville
  6. Wake Forest
  7. Syracuse

 

ACC Coastal

  1. Miami
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. Virginia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Duke

ACC Champion: Clemson

 

Big Ten

The Big Ten has teams located in the north of America and is arguably the best conference in college football with teams like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. That is 5 teams who all have potential at a possible playoff run. The only bad thing about having such great teams is that they all play each other and cancel out each others chances at a high rank due to all the competitiveness in the conference, not to add but Nebraska looks like a competitor for the conference this year with a new coach in Scott Frost, but here is how i believe the conference will look when it comes time for the playoffs.

 

Big Ten East

  1. Michigan
  2. Ohio State
  3. Penn State
  4. Michigan State
  5. Indiana
  6. Maryland
  7. Rutgers

 

Big Ten West

  1. Nebraska
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Iowa
  4. Minnesota
  5. Purdue
  6. Illinois
  7. NorthWestern

Big Ten Champion: Michigan

 

Big 12

The Big 12 is full of teams located in the south central part of America with an outlier of West Virginia. The Big 12 has no divisions so the championship game is played between the top 2 teams which is a good idea since some other conferences have unbalanced divisions. This conference is known for its high scoring games and explosive offenses. Oklahoma is the reigning champion of the big 12 but i think that will change this year.

Big 12

  1. Texas
  2. Oklahoma
  3. TCU
  4. West Virginia
  5. Texas Tech
  6. Iowa State
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Kansas State
  9. Baylor
  10. Kansas

Big 12 Champion: Texas

 

Pac-12

The Pac-12 is located on the west coast, in my opinion the Pac-12 is the worst power 5 conference. Although they have had 2 teams make the playoffs in Washington and Oregon the rest of the teams are just not very good so let’s get into how i see the conference looking at the end of the season.

Pac-12 North

  1. Oregon
  2. Stanford
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. California
  6. Washington State  

Pac-12 South

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. UCLA
  4. Arizona
  5. Colorado
  6. Arizona State

Pac-12 Champion: Oregon

 

SEC

Last but certainly not least we have the SEC. The SEC is located in the southeast region of America. The SEC has been an absolute power house the past couple years and a big reason for that is a team named Alabama. Last year’s national championship consisted of two SEC teams so there is no arguing this conference is great so with that said let’s see how i think the conference will look by the end of the year.

SEC East

  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. Missouri
  4. Florida
  5. Kentucky
  6. Tennessee
  7. Vanderbilt

SEC West

  1. Auburn
  2. Alabama
  3. LSU
  4. Mississippi State
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Ole Miss
  7. Arkansas

SEC Champion: Georgia

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