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Academic Rankings of the Conferences

US News & World Report published its 2009 rankings of National Universities. USC came in at 27th, same as last year but untied with any other university (we were tied for 27th last year).

I compiled average rankings for each conference using US News rankings:

- Ind: 22.7
1. ACC: 48.3
2. Big Ten: 50.1
3. Pac-10: 72.3
4. Big 12: 99.4
5. SEC: 101.6
6. Big East: 112.1
7. MWC: 143.0
8. C-USA: 154.1
9. MAC: 174.1
10. WAC: 199.6
11. Sun Belt: 228.0

Why is this relevant to college sports? If anything it has a lot to do with admission and maintaining eligibility of athletes to various programs (especially important with basketball and football). It's good to see Pac-10 in the top-3 (not including Independents).

Here are the complete rankings for each conference (I assumed Air Force is top-25, used mid-point for Tier-3 and Tier-4 schools which don't have any numerical ratings, and for unranked schools used peer ranking [for example Eastern Michigan is assigned similar rankings as Western Michigan] )

ACC  
Atlantic  
Boston College 34
Clemson 61
Florida State 102
Maryland 53
North Carolina State 83
Wake Forest 28
   
Coastal  
Duke 8
Georgia Tech 35
Miami FL 51
North Carolina 30
Virginia 23
Virginia Tech 71

Big Ten  
Illinois 40
Indiana 71
Iowa 66
Michigan 26
Michigan State 71
Minnesota  61
Northwestern 12
Ohio State 56
Penn State 47
Purdue 66
Wisconsin  35
Pac Ten  
Arizona 96
Arizona State 121
California 21
Oregon 108
Oregon State 164
Southern California 27
Stanford 4
UCLA  25
Washington 41
Washington State 116

Big 12   
North  
Colorado 77
Iowa State 89
Kansas 89
Kansas State 130
Missouri 96
Nebraska 89
   
South  
Baylor 76
Oklahoma 108
Oklahoma State 164
Texas 47
Texas A&M 64
Texas Tech 164
SEC  
East  
Florida 49
Georgia 58
Kentucky 116
South Carolina 108
Tennessee 108
Vanderbilt 18
   
West  
Alabama 83
Arkansas 125
Auburn 96
Louisiana State 130
Mississippi 164
Mississippi State 164

Big East  
Cincinnati 164
Connecticut 66
Louisville  164
Pittsburgh 58
Rutgers 64
South Florida 164
Syracuse 53
West Virginia 164
Mountain West  
Air Force 25
Brigham Young  113
Colorado State  125
New Mexico 164
San Diego State 228
TCU 113
UNLV 228
Utah 127
Wyoming 164
C-USA  
East  
East Carolina 228
Marshall 228
Memphis 228
Southern Miss 164
UAB 164
UCF 164
   
West  
Houston 228
Rice 17
SMU 66
Tulane 51
Tulsa 83
UTEP  228
MAC  
East  
Akron 228
Bowling Green 164
Buffalo 121
Kent State 164
Miami OH 66
Ohio 116
Temple 164
   
West  
Ball State 164
Central Michigan 228
Eastern Michigan 228
Northern Illinois 228
Toledo 228
Western Michigan 164
WAC  
Boise State  228
Fresno State 228
Hawai'i 164
Idaho  164
Louisiana Tech 228
Nevada 164
New Mexico State 228
San Jose State 228
Utah State 164
Sun Belt  
Arkansas State 228
Florida Atlantic 228
Florida International  228
Louisiana-Lafayette 228
Louisiana-Monroe 228
Middle Tennessee 228
North Texas 228
Troy 228

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors.

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