This past weekend we learned a lot about the different teams and conferences in college football, especially the Pac-10.
ACC: This conference has absolutely no good teams in it. Boston College has the easiest road to the national championship out of all of the remaining undefeated teams. Their two toughest games remaining on the schedule are at Virginia Tech and home against Florida State. Although both of these teams are ranked, it is hard to imagine them beating BC. After six games of brilliant play, Matt Ryan has shown that he is the best player in the ACC. We also learned that Virginia Tech does know how to play. Although Clemson does not have a great defense, the Hokies showed talent by putting points on the board in a game that they were expected to lose. Virginia Tech, as long as they play well, may prove to be the only real threat to BC.
Big Ten: Ohio State should win the conference. They are the best team, but they are not very good. They proved their supremecy by beating up on Purdue, but that is not really much of an accomplishment. They have four games remaining that they could lose: at Penn State, at Michigan, and home against Illinois and Wisconson. Wisconson no longer looks like a real threat to win the conference. Expect them to lose at least three more games this year. Illinois also has a very good shot at the Big Ten title. If they manage to win the rest of the games but Ohio State, they may still have a chance to win it if Ohio State falters twice.
Big 12: There are absolutely no elite teams in this conference. Oklahoma looked good all year before the loss to Colorado, and they struggled to beat an extremely overrated Texas team. Although they have not looked good against conference opponents, they are still the favorites to win it. The best team in the Big 12 North is easily Mizzou. After pounding Nebraska they are finally looking like a team that should be taken seriously. The only remaining test for them on the schedule is Oklahoma next week. It is at Oklahoma, so the Sooners will be favored, but don't be surprised if this is the matchup that we see in the title game in December.
Big East: West Virginia is still the best team. Although South Florida is now ranked fifth and they hold a win over WVU, they barely escaped a bad team this past weekend in Florida Atlantic. West Virginia played bad last week against South Florida, and they were still almost able to pull off the win. Had Pat White not been knocked out, they probably would have won. The Cincinatti Bearcats are for real. They did not beat anyone until this past weekend, but it was a huge win over Rutgers in Piscataway. They should beat South Florida, and their biggest test doesn't come until November 17, so this team could be undefeated for a long time.
Pac-10: Many people saw this conference as better than the SEC. People thought of USC as the top team in the nation by a long shot. Both of those statements were proven wrong. USC lost to the worst team in the Pac-10 in Stanford, and they barely escaped Washington last week. Arizona State is also looking worse than we thought. They started the season with five big wins, but they struggled to beat an average Washington State team. After this week's game against Washington, they have back-to-back games against California and Oregon. Speaking of Cal, they look to be the best team in the conference. Assuming they get past Arizona State, they probably only need to beat USC to make the national championship. And one final thing, John David Booty was clearly never worthy of Heisman talk.
SEC: Most of this conference is pretty even. The two best teams in the conference, and probably all of college football, met for an epic showdown. LSU proved that they are the best team in the land with a late comeback win over Florida. Florida is better than just about every team but the Tigers. The sad thing for them is that they have no realistic shot at the title because of one bad game against Auburn. As good as they played against LSU, they must now pray for another Tennessee conference loss just to make the SEC title game. Speaking of Tennessee, is their a more up-and-down team in college football? They go and get hammered by Florida, and then blow out a top twelve team only a few weeks later. It would be very realistic for them to win the rest of their games, which would shut a much better Florida team out. Besides the LSU, no team is in a better position than the Vols.