2013 college football conference picks: Top-to-bottom standings for each league

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation's network of college football writers turned in 43 ballots on the country's 2013 conference races, producing these fully predicted standings and title game picks from the ACC to the Sun Belt.

College football starts next month. It's time to make our best guesses as to which teams finish where in every conference around the country.

To that end, voters from SB Nation's college football network selected full standings for each 2013 league and division. We also included Football Outsiders' F/+ projections as a ballot, because we like math. (Learn more about F/+ here.)

Full standings below for each conference, as well as our projected conference title game or, based on standings, the biggest games of the year for those leagues without title games. You will disagree with us loudly and frequently in the comments, and that is appreciated now more than ever.

ACC

Atlantic: Predicted order of finish
Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Clemson 1.41 7-1
2 Florida State 1.55 8-1*
3 N.C. State 3.67 4-4
4 Maryland 4.8 2-6
5 Syracuse 4.87 5-2 (Big East)
6 Boston College 5.5 1-7
7 Wake Forest 5.97 3-5
Coastal: Predicted order of finish
Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Miami 1.81 5-3
2 Virginia Tech 1.91 4-4
3 North Carolina 3.03 5-3
4 Georgia Tech 3.72 5-4**
5 Pittsburgh 5.26 3-4 (Big East)
6 Virginia 5.47 2-6
7 Duke 6.27 3-5
ACC Championship, Dec. 7: Clemson vs. Miami (Charlotte, NC)
Last meeting Miami 30, Clemson 21 (2010)
Series record Miami leads, 6-3
2013 F/+ ranking Clemson 20, Miami 25
ACC championships Clemson 14, Miami 0
Last ACC championship Clemson 2011

American

Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Louisville 1.04 5-2
2 Cincinnati 2.57 5-2
3 Rutgers 3.65 5-2
4 UCF 4.83 7-2** (C-USA)
5 Houston 5.7 4-4 (C-USA)
6 USF 6 1-6
7 SMU 6.87 5-3 (C-USA)
8 UConn 7.17 2-5
9 Temple 7.52 2-5
10 Memphis 9.75 4-4 (C-USA)
Biggest game: Louisville at Cincinnati, Dec. 5
Last meeting Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31 (OT, 2012)
Series record Cincinnati leads, 22-21-1
2013 F/+ ranking Cincinnati 26, Louisville 31
Big East championships Cincinnati 4, Louisville 3
Last Big East championship Shared with Rutgers and Syracuse in 2012

Big 12

Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Oklahoma 2.15 8-1
2 Oklahoma State 2.63 5-4
3 Texas 2.85 5-4
4 TCU 3.4 4-5
5 Baylor 5.32 4-5
6 Kansas State 5.56 8-1
7 West Virginia 6.88 4-5
8 Texas Tech 7.04 4-5
9 Iowa State 8.64 3-6
10 Kansas 9.88 0-9
Biggest game: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Dec. 7
Last meeting Oklahoma 51, Oklahoma State 48 (OT, 2012)
Series record Oklahoma leads, 83-17-7
2013 F/+ ranking Oklahoma State 6, Oklahoma 7
Big 12 championships Oklahoma 8, Oklahoma State 1
Last Big 12 championship Oklahoma 2012 (shared with Kansas State), Oklahoma State 2011

Big Ten

Leaders: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Ohio State 1 8-0
2 Wisconsin 2.22 5-4*
3 Penn State 2.97 6-2
4 Indiana 4.4 2-6
5 Illinois 4.88 0-8
6 Purdue 5.52 3-5
Legends: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Michigan 1.76 6-2
2 Nebraska 2.03 7-2**
3 Michigan State 3.03 3-5
4 Northwestern 3.33 5-3
5 Minnesota 5.39 2-6
6 Iowa 5.42 2-6
Big Ten Championship, Dec. 7: Michigan vs. Ohio State (Indianapolis, IN)
Last meeting Ohio State 26, Michigan 21 (2012)
Series record Michigan leads, 58-45-6***
2013 F/+ ranking Ohio State 10, Michigan 28
Big Ten championships Michigan 42, Ohio State 35***
Last Big Ten championship Ohio State 2009***, Michigan 2004 (shared with Iowa)

Conference USA

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East: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 East Carolina 1.76 7-1
2 Marshall 2.72 4-4
3 Middle Tennessee 3.67 6-2 (Sun Belt)
4 Southern Miss 3.83 0-8
5 UAB 5.33 2-6
6 FAU 5.38 2-6 (Sun Belt)
7 FIU 5.88 2-6 (Sun Belt)
West: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Tulsa 1.59 8-1*
2 Louisiana Tech 2.11 4-2 (WAC)
3 Rice 3.76 4-4
4 UTEP 3.94 2-6
5 North Texas 4.7 3-5 (Sun Belt)
6 UTSA 5.82 3-3 (WAC)
7 Tulane 5.94 2-6
Conference USA Championship, Dec. 7: East Carolina at Tulsa
Last meeting East Carolina 51, Tulsa 49 (2010)
Series record Tied, 5-5
2013 F/+ ranking Tulsa 59, East Carolina 74
Conference USA championships Two each
Last Conference USA championship Tulsa 2012, East Carolina 2009

MAC

East: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Ohio 1.85 4-5
2 Bowling Green 2.6 6-2
3 Kent State 3 8-1**
4 Miami 4.05 3-5
5 Buffalo 4.2 3-5
6 Akron 5.3 0-8
7 UMass 7 1-7
West: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Northern Illinois 1.25 9-0*
2 Toledo 2.15 6-2
3 Ball State 3.75 6-2
4 Central Michigan 3.95 4-4
5 Western Michigan 4.15 2-6
6 Eastern Michigan 5.75 1-7
MAC Championship, Dec. 6: Northern Illinois vs. Ohio (Detroit, MI)
Last meeting Northern Illinois 23, Ohio 20 (2011 MAC Championship)
Series record Northern Illinois 10, Ohio 9
2013 F/+ ranking Northern Illinois 39, Ohio 76
MAC championships Ohio 4, Northern Illinois 3
Last MAC championship Northern Illinois 2012, Ohio 1968

Mountain West

Mountain: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Boise State 1 7-1
2 Utah State 2.5 6-0 (WAC)
3 Air Force 2.95 5-3
4 Colorado State 4.55 3-5
5 Wyoming 4.6 3-5
6 New Mexico 5.4 1-7
West: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 San Diego State 2.05 7-1
2 Fresno State 2.1 7-1
3 San Jose State 3.05 5-1 (WAC)
4 Nevada 3.26 4-4
5 Hawaii 5 1-7
6 UNLV 5.55 2-6
Mountain West Championship, Dec. 7: San Diego State at Boise State
Last meeting San Diego State 21, Boise State 19 (2012)
Series record Tied, 1-1
2013 F/+ ranking Boise State 12, San Diego State 60
Mountain West championships One each (shared in 2012 with Fresno State)

Pac-12

North: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Oregon 1.19 8-1
2 Stanford 1.89 9-1*
3 Oregon State 3.62 6-3
4 Washington 3.8 5-4
5 Cal 4.88 2-7
6 Washington State 5.56 1-8
South: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 UCLA 1.85 6-4**
2 USC 2.31 5-4
3 Arizona State 2.96 5-4
4 Arizona 3.08 4-5
5 Utah 4.76 3-6
6 Colorado 5.92 1-8
Pac-12 Championship, Dec. 7: UCLA at Oregon
Last meeting Oregon 49, UCLA 31 (2011 Pac-12 Championship)
Series record UCLA leads, 39-26
2013 F/+ ranking Oregon 2, UCLA 45
Pac-12 championships UCLA 17, Oregon 10
Last Pac-12 championship Oregon 2011, UCLA 1998

SEC

East: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Georgia 1.62 7-2**
2 South Carolina 2.12 6-2
3 Florida 2.35 7-1
4 Vanderbilt 4.62 5-3
5 Tennessee 4.81 1-7
6 Missouri 5.88 2-6
7 Kentucky 6.42 0-8
West: Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Alabama 1.25 8-1*
2 Texas A&M 2.27 6-2
3 LSU 2.54 6-2
4 Ole Miss 4.62 3-5
5 Arkansas 5.38 2-6
6 Mississippi State 5.88 4-4
7 Auburn 5.96 0-8
SEC Championship, Dec. 7: Alabama vs. Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
Last meeting Alabama 32, Georgia 28 (2012 SEC Championship)
Series record Alabama leads, 37-24-3
2013 F/+ ranking Alabama 1, Georgia 9
SEC championships Alabama 23, Georgia 12
Last SEC championship Alabama 2012, Georgia 2005

Sun Belt

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Predicted order of finish Average standing prediction 2012 conference record
1 Louisiana-Lafayette 2.4 6-2
2 ULM 2.56 6-2
3 Arkansas State 2.8 7-1
4 Western Kentucky 3.19 4-4
5 Troy 4.38 3-5
6 Texas State 5.94 2-4 (WAC)
7 South Alabama 7 1-7
8 Georgia State 7.32 1-7 (FCS)
Biggest game: ULM at Louisiana-Lafayette, Nov. 30
Last meeting Louisiana-Lafayette 40, ULM 24 (2012)
Series record Louisiana-Lafayette leads, 15-13
2013 F/+ ranking ULM 78, Louisiana-Lafayette 85
Sun Belt championships One each (shared with Arkansas State in 2005)

* Added a conference win in conference championship game.

** Added a conference loss in conference championship game.

*** We don't really care about NCAA-vacated wins.

Photo credits: Mike Ehrmann, Getty; Andy Lyons, Getty; Brett Deering, Getty; Andrew Weber, US Presswire; Spruce Derden, USA Today; Mark A. Cunningham, Getty; Otto Kitsinger III, Getty; Steve Dykes, Getty; Paul Abell, USA Today; Buffy Massey, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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