[quote="JohnT, post:6, topic:2837"]ACC now tied with the Big10 at 2 losses.[/quote]
Yeah, but what two teams gave the B1G it’s losses?
The #1 and #6 teams in the country while the ACC lost to a nobody and #16.
Right - 2 ACC teams.
There are lots of ways to analyze team performances over the course of a season. Despite public fascination with it, head-to-head is one of the more faulty because it places too much emphasis on too few games and does not embrace the body of a team’s work.
Looking at the overall body of work, the ACC and the Big Ten have a similar record (the ACC is 26-2, the Big Ten is 29-2). The Big Ten is the only conference to have not lost a game to a non-BCS opponent. The Big Ten is also the only conference to have not had a team upset. An incomplete list shows, GTech lost to unranked St Joe’s, Pitt lost to unranked Long Beach St, Iowa St lost to unranked Drake, Miss St lost to unranked Akron, UCLA lost to unranked Mid Tenn St. The Big Ten’s sole losses were to then #1 and #6 ranked teams.
If you look at the two games where the ACC and the Big Ten went head-to-head, you might conclude that the ACC is better (a more rational decision might be that Duke and UNC are better than Michigan State). However, if you look at all 57 games that the two conferences have played, you might conclude that the Big Ten is better. At the moment, the RPI, Ken Pomeroy, and Sagarin, rating systems that look at the entire body of work, all have the Big Ten rated higher than the ACC with both Pomeroy and Sagarin saying the Big Ten is the top conference in the country (they have the ACC 3rd and 4th respectively).