Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen gives an interesting look at why the Pac-10 deserves more props.
Some key highlights:
There might not be a foolproof way of analyzing the respective power of conferences, but try this: Since the turn of the century, the Pac-10 has been the best conference during college football’s four biggest games – the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls.
The Pac-10 has gone 6-1 in those four BCS games, with the only loss coming in the 2003 Rose Bowl when Oklahoma handled Washington State 34-14.
Moreover, the league has sent half of its teams to a BCS game in the past five years, a higher percentage than any other conference.
But my favorite quote comes from Mike Stoops:
Arizona second-year coach Mike Stoops, who grew up on Big Ten football and then came up through the coaching ranks in the Big 12 at Kansas State and Oklahoma, is convinced.
“There are very innovated offenses,” he said of the Pac-10. “The quarterback play was shocking to me. The ability to throw the ball down the field … I never saw that really until we came here.”
So, in essence, it’s really about style of play, right Mike?