Commentary

Prestige Rankings: The conferences

Originally Published: July 25, 2008
By Harold Shelton, Nick Loucks and Chris Fallica | ESPN Research

With the Prestige Rankings, we've found out which teams are the best since the 1984-85 seasons. So how do the conferences stack up one another?

Here are the conferences' average Prestige Rankings for each current team that has been in Division I for at least 15 seasons:

1. Big East -- 68
2. Big Ten -- 69
3. ACC -- 74
4. SEC -- 81
5. Big 12 -- 98
6. Mountain West -- 113
7. Pac-10 -- 118
8. Atlantic 10 -- 126
9. WAC -- 129
10. Sun Belt -- 143
11. Missouri Valley -- 143
12. Colonial -- 145
13. Conference USA -- 145
14. Horizon -- 155
15. West Coast -- 156
16. Southern -- 156
17. MAC -- 159
18. MAAC -- 166
19. Patriot -- 173
20. Big Sky -- 177
21. Big West -- 181
22. SWAC -- 194
23. Big South -- 195
24. Ohio Valley -- 200
25. Northeast -- 207
26. Ivy League -- 208
27. Southland -- 217
28. Summit -- 224
29. MEAC -- 225
30. America East -- 228
31. Atlantic Sun -- 231
** Ties are broken by the conference with the higher-ranked team.

ACC | America East | Atlantic 10 | Atlantic Sun | Big 12 | Big East | Big Sky | Big South
Big Ten | Big West | Colonial | Conference USA | Horizon | Ivy | MAAC | MAC | MEAC
Missouri Valley | Mountain West | Northeast | Ohio Valley | Pac-10 | Patriot | SEC | Southern
Southland | Summit | Sun Belt | SWAC | WAC | West Coast | Independents | Nonqualifiers
Teams are listed with their current conferences

ACCACC
Average ranking: 74
1. Duke
3. North Carolina
28. Maryland
33. Georgia Tech
38. Wake Forest
52. North Carolina State
T-70. Boston College
T-70. Virginia
T-111. Clemson
128. Florida State
T-145. Miami (Fla.)
T-210. Virginia Tech

America EastAmerica East
Average ranking: 228
108. Boston University
159. Vermont
T-256. UMBC
270. Hartford
T-278. Maine
297. New Hampshire

Atlantic 10Atlantic 10
Average ranking: 126
17. Xavier
20. Temple
42. Massachusetts
T-57. Saint Joseph's
T-65. Richmond
73. Charlotte
123. George Washington
T-132. La Salle
T-134. Rhode Island
T-148. Saint Louis
T-168. Dayton
T-214. Fordham
T-278. St. Bonaventure
293. Duquesne

A-SunAtlantic Sun
Average ranking: 231
T-82. East Tennessee
T-251. Jacksonville
T-253. Mercer
281. Campbell
288. Stetson

Big 12Big 12
Average ranking: 98
2. Kansas
12. Oklahoma
18. Texas
32. Oklahoma State
37. Missouri
T-57. Iowa State
T-90. Texas Tech
T-124. Kansas State
T-141. Nebraska
174. Texas A&M
219. Colorado
T-266. Baylor

Big EastBig East
Average ranking: 68
6. Connecticut
9. Syracuse
10. Georgetown
16. Louisville
19. Cincinnati
31. Villanova
36. St. John's
44. Pittsburgh
51. Seton Hall
T-61. Marquette
67. West Virginia
T-86. Notre Dame
95. DePaul
T-111. Providence
T-225. Rutgers
T-229. South Florida

Big SkyBig Sky
Average ranking: 177
T-76. Montana
89. Weber State
T-136. Northern Arizona
155. Montana State
T-233. Eastern Washington
T-274. Idaho State
T-278. Sacramento State

Big SouthBig South
Average ranking: 195
79. Winthrop
T-168. Radford
T-183. UNC-Asheville
T-196. Coastal Carolina
T-203. Liberty
T-241. Charleston Southern
T-294. Virginia Military Institute

Big TenBig Ten
Average ranking: 69
11. Michigan State
13. Indiana
22. Michigan
23. Illinois
27. Ohio State
29. Purdue
45. Wisconsin
49. Iowa
68. Minnesota
T-185. Penn State
T-290. Northwestern

Big WestBig West
Average ranking: 181
101. Pacific
T-138. UC Santa Barbara
T-181. Long Beach State
T-221. Cal State Fullerton
T-221. UC Irvine
T-225. Cal State Northridge

ColonialColonial
Average ranking: 145
T-76. Old Dominion
93. Drexel
94. Virginia Commonwealth
100. George Mason
T-102. UNC-Wilmington
T-118. Northeastern
T-141. James Madison
T-145. Delaware
T-183. Hofstra
195. Georgia State
T-210. Towson
T-284. William & Mary

C-USAConference USA
Average ranking: 145
14. Memphis
39. Tulsa
T-65. UTEP
T-76. UAB
T-157. Tulane
T-161. Houston
T-165. Southern Methodist
T-168. Marshall
T-177. Southern Miss
T-196. Central Florida
T-247. Rice
T-271. East Carolina

HorizonHorizon
Average ranking: 155
47. Butler
56. Valparaiso
T-105. UW-Green Bay
T-124. UW-Milwaukee
T-165. Detroit
T-172. Illinois-Chicago
T-177. Wright State
T-185. Cleveland State
T-233. Loyola (Ill.)
287. Youngstown State

IvyIvy
Average ranking: 209
34. Penn
40. Princeton
T-225. Cornell
T-241. Yale
T-266. Brown
T-284. Dartmouth
T-284. Harvard
T-294. Columbia

MAACMAAC
Average ranking: 166
69. Siena
T-115. Manhattan
T-138. Rider
T-148. Marist
T-148. Niagara
T-129. Iona
T-196. St. Peter's T-214. Canisius
T-229. Fairfield
T-271. Loyola (Md.)

MACMAC
Average ranking: 159
T-53. Miami (Ohio)
T-82. Ball State
T-82. Kent State
131. Ohio
T-136. Eastern Michigan
T-177. Akron
T-189. Toledo
T-196. Bowling Green
T-221. Central Michigan
240. Buffalo
T-247. Northern Illinois

MEACMEAC
Average ranking: 225
T-90. Coppin State
T-111. South Carolina State
T-229. Delaware State
T-237. Florida A&M
250. Howard
T-290. Morgan State
T-298. Bethune-Cookman
T-298. Maryland-Eastern Shore

MVCMissouri Valley
Average ranking: 143
T-53. Southern Illinois
55. Missouri State
59. Creighton
T-102. Bradley
T-102. Illinois State
T-148. Evansville
160. Wichita State
T-214. Northern Iowa
T-260. Indiana State
T-274. Drake

MWCMountain West
Average ranking: 113
8. UNLV
24. Utah
46. Brigham Young
T-70. New Mexico
T-111. Wyoming
T-138. TCU
T-148. Colorado State
T-208. San Diego State
T-260. Air Force

NECNortheast
Average ranking: 207
T-115. Fairleigh Dickinson
T-134. Monmouth
T-175. Robert Morris
T-189. Central Connecticut State
T-206. Mount St. Mary's
T-247. Wagner
T-260. Long Island
T-260. St. Francis (NY)
T-276. St. Francis (PA)

Ohio ValleyOhio Valley
Average ranking: 200
30. Murray State
122. Austin Peay
T-192. Tennessee Tech
T-210. Southeast Missouri State
T-233. Eastern Illinois
T-251. Tennessee State
T-253. Eastern Kentucky
T-258. Morehead State
T-258. Tennessee-Martin

Pac-10Pac-10
Average ranking: 118
5. Arizona
7. UCLA
25. Stanford
T-109. California
T-115. Oregon
T-124. Washington
T-132. USC
T-181. Arizona State
T-237. Washington State
T-241. Oregon State

PatriotPatriot
Average ranking: 173
T-61. Navy
T-80. Bucknell
T-115. Holy Cross
191. Lafayette
T-203. Colgate
T-208. American University
T-225. Lehigh
T-298. Army

SECSEC
Average ranking: 81
4. Kentucky
15. Arkansas
21. Florida
35. Alabama
41. LSU
T-86. Mississippi State
T-90. Auburn
T-96. Vanderbilt 99. Tennessee
T-105. Georgia
T-185. South Carolina
T-192. Mississippi

SouthernSouthern
Average ranking: 156
48. Chattanooga
50. Charleston
60. Davidson
T-118. Georgia Southern
T-129. UNC-Greensboro
T-172. Appalachian State
T-192. Samford
T-256. Furman
T-282. Western Carolina
289. The Citadel

SouthlandSouthland
Average ranking: 217
T-157. Texas-San Antonio
T-185. McNeese State
T-201. Sam Houston State
T-214. Northwestern State
T-214. Stephen F. Austin
T-221. Lamar
T-237. Southeastern Louisiana
T-241. Nicholls State
T-241. Texas State
T-260. Texas-Arlington

SummitSummit
Average ranking: 224
T-124. Oral Roberts
T-210. Southern Utah
T-241. UMKC
T-268. Centenary
T-276. Western Illinois

Sun BeltSun Belt
Average ranking: 143
43. Western Kentucky
T-82. South Alabama
88. New Orleans
T-96. Louisiana-Monroe
107. Arkansas Little-Rock
T-118. Louisiana-Lafayette
T-141. Middle Tennessee State
T-161. Troy
T-168. Arkansas State
220. North Texas
T-233. Florida Atlantic
T-260. Florida International

SWACSWAC
Average ranking: 194
98. Southern University
T-141. Mississippi Valley State
167. Texas Southern
T-177. Jackson State
T-201. Alcorn State
T-203. Alabama State
T-271. Grambling
292. Prairie View A&M

WACWAC
Average ranking: 129
T-61. New Mexico State
T-61. Utah State
T-74. Louisiana Tech
T-74. Nevada
T-109. Boise State
T-148. Fresno State
156. Hawaii
T-196. Idaho
T-282. San Jose State

WCCWest Coast
Average ranking: 156
26. Gonzaga
T-80. Pepperdine
T-145. Santa Clara
T-148. San Diego
T-161. Loyola Marymount
T-206. Saint Mary's
T-229. San Francisco
T-253. Portland

Independents
T-268. Texas-Pan American
296. Chicago State

Schools without enough years to qualify


a minimum of 15 Division I seasons
Alabama A&M, SWAC
Albany, America East
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, SWAC
Binghamton, America East
Belmont, Atlantic Sun
Cal Poly, Big West
Cal State Bakersfield, Independent
Central Arkansas, Southland
Denver, Sun Belt
Elon, Southern
Florida Gulf Coast, Atlantic Sun
Gardner-Webb, Big South
Hampton, MEAC
High Point, Big South
IPFW, Summit
IUPUI, Summit
Jacksonville State, Ohio Valley
Kennesaw State, Atlantic Sun
Lipscomb, Atlantic Sun
Longwood, Independent
NJIT, Independent
Norfolk State, MEAC
North Carolina Central, Independent
North Dakota State, Summit
Northern Colorado, Big Sky
North Florida, Atlantic Sun
Oakland, Summit
Portland State, Big Sky
Presbyterian, Big South
Quinnipiac, Northeast
Sacred Heart, Northeast
Savannah State, Independent
South Dakota State, Summit
Stony Brook, America East
Texas A&M-CC, Southland
UC Davis, Big West
UC Riverside, Big West
USC Upstate, Atlantic Sun
Utah Valley State, Independent
Winston-Salem State, MEAC
Wofford, Southern

Harold Shelton, Nick Loucks and Chris Fallica are researchers at ESPN.