Conference realignment has taken the college football world by storm this summer. In response to the SEC getting Texas and Oklahoma out of the Big 12 starting in 2025, the Big Ten moved to bring USC and UCLA out of the Pac-12 starting in 2024.
Although all of these conferences are expected to remain in the 16 leagues with their new members, it is likely that college football, and therefore, college athletics, is expected to have two major superconferences. Whether the school makes one of the strongest superconferences when the dust settles will determine whether the school’s athletic department survives the new generation of athletics.
With that in mind, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde released “Desirability Ratings” for each school, measuring the conference value of each Power Five school based on five factors:
- A football match: “Sagarin’s five-year average from 2017 to ’21, using current and future Power 5 schools”
- Academic ranking: “the latest US New & World Report rankings of world universities, released in 2021”
- All game rankings: “the Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I standings for the 2021-2022 academic year, which reflect success in 19 games”
- The presence of the ball: “average attendance at home games from 2017 to ’21, excluding ’20 as that season was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”
- Television viewing: “number of football games that drew one million viewers or more from 2017 to ’21”
Forde uses these metrics to meet the needs of each Power Five school. Check out the full rankings and analysis here: Value Ratings: Measuring the Value of Each Conference Power 5 School
With all metrics combined, Virginia ranked 32nd out of 69 Power Five ranked schools. UVA is tied for 48th in football, 9th in academics, 11th in all sports, 51st in attendance, and 52nd in attendance. Virginia ranks higher than eight ACC schools: Virginia Tech (35), Pittsburgh (46), Wake Forest (47), Duke (50), Georgia Tech (54), Louisville (T55), Syracuse (60), and Boston College (62).
School average per Power 5 conference, using future membership (after USC and UCLA join the Big Ten and Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC): SEC 25.1, Big Ten 25.8, ACC 39.6, Pac-12 41.4, Big 12 49.3.
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