By Mike Beacom
Special to CSTV.com

Now that the 2006-07 college football season has concluded, we saw it fitting to release one final ranking. The major six are still separated from the bottom five, but the gap between the Big 12 (No. 6) and the WAC (No. 7) is not nearly as great as the gap between the top-ranked conference and the rest of the poll. No conference in America compares to the SEC…at least not this season.

So with that we offer our final CSTV.com Power Grid...

Rank Team Power Moves This Week
This Week:
#1

Previous:
11/21: #1
Preseason: #1


SEC
From start to finish, the SEC has been our top-ranked conference. Call us geniuses? Well, no, that's unnecessary because many fans and members of the media have long made that argument. But Florida's win over Ohio State in the title game and LSU's thumping of Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl provided indisputable proof of the SEC's dominance over all other football conferences.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

6-3
 
This Week:
#2

Previous:
11/21: #3
Preseason: #6


Big East
What can we say? No one wanted to believe the Big East was for real, not even after witnessing a season's worth of Cinderella magic. But in the bowl season, the Big East once again proved worthy, with a perfect 5-0 record. Louisville won its BCS matchup, and West Virginia beat a good (although not great) Georgia Tech squad on New Year's Day. A second place end-of-year finish in this poll is a major accomplishment (and statement) for America's red-headed conference.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

5-0
 
This Week:
#3

Previous:
11/21: #2
Preseason: #3


Big Ten
We won't bash the Big 10 too hard. After all, the conference was represented in the BCS Championship Game and the Rose Bowl, even though both Ohio State and Michigan tanked. The Big 10 can thank Wisconsin and Penn State for unexpected New Year's Day wins, but beyond those two highlights, its 2-5 bowl record was a HUGE disappointment. Guess there's some truth to the theory that Big 10 brawn doesn't match up with SEC and Pac-10 speed.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

2-5
 
This Week:
#4

Previous:
11/21: #4
Preseason: #4


ACC
Much like was the case during the regular season, for every positive we can find about the ACC there is a negative of equal weight. For example, the conference's 4-4 bowl record gives reason for cheer as it was better than both that of the Big 12 and Big 10. But the ACC's quality of bowl wins is suspect; Miami and Boston College had one-point wins over Nevada and Navy, respectively, and Maryland's convincing win came against a poor Purdue squad.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

4-4
 
This Week:
#5

Previous:
11/21: #6
Preseason: #5


Pac-10
We'll admit we were taken aback by USC's drubbing of Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Kudos to the Trojans for giving the Pac-10 something to brag about in January because, as fans know, there wasn't much to talk about for much of the season. The evidence of that is in the fact that the Trojans were the only Pac-10 squad to earn a bid in a January bowl (the only top six conference with that distinction).
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

3-3
 
This Week:
#6

Previous:
11/21: #5
Preseason: #2

Big 12
Thanks to close-call wins over two suspect opponents (Iowa and Minnesota), the Big 12 saved face. Sure, its 3-5 bowl record was better than the Big 10's mark, but there is no comparison between the two conferences. We'll just say that Oklahoma's end-of-season run was noteworthy, Nebraska regained its dignity, and Texas proudly ended the year with a win. All of that said, this conference has plenty of catching up to do.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

3-5
 
This Week:
#7

Previous:
11/21: #7
Preseason: #7

WAC
The only undefeated team in America rests in this conference and that's all we need to say, really. The WAC, like the Mountain West, was a respectable 3-1 in bowl action, its only loss a one-point defeat to the Miami. In time, we'd like to think that Boise State's 2006 season will be reason for the BCS to design a new system for determining the national champion.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

3-1
 
This Week:
#8

Previous:
11/21: #9
Preseason: #8

Mountain West
We were wrong in allowing the MAC to leapfrog the Mountain West prior to the start of the bowl season. In reality, the No. 8 slot is where this conference has belonged all year - it's much better than the three conferences below it, and nowhere near as good as the WAC above it. The Mountain West's "big three" - TCU, BYU and Utah - all won big in their bowl games.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

3-1
 
This Week:
#9

Previous:
11/21: #8
Preseason: #9

MAC
A month ago, one could have argued that this conference had great potential heading into bowl action. But the MAC's only 10-win team was the only program to claim a bowl win, as Central Michigan easily handled Middle Tennessee State in the Motor City Bowl. The other three MAC representatives lost by a combined 54 points to subpar opponents.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

1-3
 
This Week:
#10

Previous:
11/21: #10
Preseason: #10

Conference USA
No conference had as poor a bowl mark as Conference USA. Three of its four losses were ugly, and its lone win came against Ohio. Had Houston not allowed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to South Carolina's Kenny McKinley (both from 43 yards out), Conference USA might have bumped the MAC for ninth place. Instead, as usual, it finds itself only one step ahead of the Sun Belt.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

1-4
 
This Week:
#11

Previous:
11/21: #11
Preseason: #11

Sun Belt
Considering it only had two bowl bids, a 1-1 record is not too shabby. Troy's win over Rice in the New Orleans Bowl was expected, but a win is a win for the Sun Belt. In time, this conference must land more than two teams in December action if it is to ever climb out of the basement of this poll.
 
CONFERENCE BOWL RECORD:

1-1