Best College Football Conference?

We're a few weeks into the college football season, and it's not oo early to ask a very simple question: Which conference is the best?

By Desmond Bieler |  September 14, 2008; 8:00 PM ET College Football
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SEC, of course. Silly question.

Posted by: Brent | September 15, 2008 12:27 AM

What Brent said.

Posted by: Kevin | September 15, 2008 6:02 AM

This weekend has Alabama vs Arkansas, Florida vs Tennessee, and LSU vs. Auburn. Let me watch these games and I'll get back to you.

Posted by: Lee Stamp | September 15, 2008 6:57 AM

The State of Florida, of course.

Even though FSU and Miami have faded, we now have those two new schools in central Florida -- whats their names? Central Florida and Florida Southern or something. Anyway, if we had a Florida state playoff, the winner should go to the BCS championship.

Posted by: G8TR | September 15, 2008 7:01 AM

Being on the east coast it's easy to say the SEC but if you hang around late night you'll see the PAC-10 has some pretty good teams too. Still, the SEC is the class of the nation right now.

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 15, 2008 7:52 AM

The Big 12 with Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.

Posted by: ron | September 16, 2008 12:31 AM

The SEC is living off reputation this year. It's the Big 12. Don't forget Texas Tech, Ron.

Posted by: Rodney | September 16, 2008 12:49 AM

Yeah, for my money, its the Big 12. They have the best QB's leading the best offenses. OU, KU, MU, TTU, lead the pack. The middle is good too with NE, OKST, and CO.

There's no denying the SEC is good, but this year there's a real debate to be made for #1 conference.

Posted by: CMart | September 16, 2008 7:42 AM

SEC, of course! Didn't Kansas just lose to a Sun Belt Conference team? Mississippi State would probably win the Big 12.

Posted by: Dawgs | September 16, 2008 9:34 AM

Sarcasm doesn't always fly in the written form.

Mississippi State would probably win the Big 12. That's funny -- or stupid.

Which is it Dawg?

Posted by: mark | September 16, 2008 9:41 AM

DirtyHarry, you did happen to notice the PAC 10 just went 0-4 against the Mountain Worst (West) this past weekend?

Posted by: Jim | September 16, 2008 10:35 AM

the Pac-10 can't be the best conference when the same team wins it year after year after year after year......

Big 12 is top-heavy, Baylor, Iowa State and K State are still crap. Oklahoma is in an elite class with USC and the top tier of the SEC. Mizzou isn't until they get a defense, same with Kansas and Texas.

SEC is the deepest and best, even the crap teams are competitive (except Arky)

Posted by: durham | September 16, 2008 11:40 AM

SEC!!!! where speed kills and Speed Earns Championships

SEC!!! Where there are no easy conference games. NEVER

Posted by: DSGBINDC | September 16, 2008 11:48 AM

The SEC has the best teams top to bottom. The Big 12 I would rank second. Their top 3 or 4 are attractive, but SC and the lower tier SEC schools would challenge if not beat some of the better teams in these other conference. Additionally, the lower tier SEC schools would beat the lower tier teams in these conferences like they were conference favorites.

The SEC assures you have at least 4 tough games every year. with UGA, ALA, Auburn, Tenn, LSU, Florida, LSU each year. Then SC, Kent., Ark and Vandy are no slouches.

Again Big-12 is 2nd. I would give the PAC-10 some props, but they got pummeled by BYU and the MD. Terps.

Let's not forget to give the Big 10 the most overrated award!!! I think we can get a consensus on that issue. The ACC might be 2nd on the most overrated list too.

Posted by: RobGreg | September 16, 2008 12:31 PM

Has to be the Big 12, SEC is wayyy overrated, who saw the auburn-miss st game last week?

Posted by: Marc | September 16, 2008 12:50 PM

I would say the Big 12 and the SEC are tied as the best this year.

But, my number one pet peeve about college football is how much speed the SEC supposedly has compared to everyone else. What a croc of crap. Where do you think every single team in the power conferences get their skill players from? Florida, Texas, the south, or track stars in their own states. Iowa has several very fast players from Florida, but the fastest guy on the team is an all American track star who is from Iowa and happens to be white.
In a foot race between Oklahoma, Ohio State, USC, Texas, Michigan State, Arizona State, or any team from the SEC among skill position players I bet you would find very little difference. So please don't buy into this stupid notion that the sports talking heads throw out every year about how fast the SEC is. Its ludicrous.
The south just has a great tradition of football power, and great players want to go where they have a chance to win a championship. (and you don't have to go to class if you are in the SEC, but that's another topic) That is why the SEC is great every year, not because they are so much faster then other teams.

Posted by: dw | September 16, 2008 1:00 PM

Well we know it's NOT the Big 10!

Right now the SEC is on top...they have what...5 teams in the top 12?

Posted by: Steve | September 16, 2008 1:28 PM


When eight different schools in one conference each has a national championship, i think that speaks for itself.

Posted by: DSGBINDC | September 16, 2008 1:45 PM

to dw,

When they reference speed they are not talking about the fastest person on the field. They are referring to how the players play as a unit and the flow of the game. If you never played that would be hard to grasp.

Posted by: DSGBINDC | September 16, 2008 1:47 PM

I rank the top three in this order:

1) SEC- They are NFL Jr.
2) Big-12- Ultra Competitive
3) Big East- Should not be underestimated

Posted by: Elwood | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM

1. SEC
2. Big 12
3. Big 10
4. Mountain West
5. Pac 10
6. Conference USA
7. ACC
8. Big East
9. MAC
10. WAC
11. Sun Belt

Posted by: Tact3X | September 16, 2008 2:43 PM


Posted by: Tom | September 16, 2008 2:47 PM


The PAC 10? Are you kidding me? The conference that gives us Cal losing to Maryland? Sorry my friend the PAC 10 is no better than 3rd best conference at best.

Posted by: Knoxville Nat | September 16, 2008 3:11 PM


I am so sorry I did not know Jerry Rice was participating in this chat.
I played high school football and college football at the Division 3 level.
I will agree that I do not understand your point. If the receivers, running backs, and speed special teams guys all have track type speed for pretty much every major conference team in the country then I don't understand how the flow of game is so much faster in the SEC. I watch probably 50 college games a year on TV and 3 to 5 more in person and the speed is NOT more in the SEC.

Posted by: DW | September 16, 2008 3:47 PM

1/ SEC




5/ ACC



Posted by: donmac | September 17, 2008 8:20 AM

Big 12

Posted by: Rufus711 | September 17, 2008 8:40 AM

I'm a big SEC fan, but I think Big 12 might be better this year.
. . . but I guess we'l see.

Posted by: Miss L | September 17, 2008 9:31 AM

The Big East is crap this year.

And when they talk about SEC speed, they are referring to the defensive fronts, more than anything else, not the 'skill positions'.

USC can match that, usually Oklahoma can, but very few other teams compare to the defensive lines and LBs of the top 5-6 SEC teams.

Posted by: Durham | September 17, 2008 10:04 AM


Thank you for the explanation on the SEC speed. I am not being facetious, I actually understand your point, and think you are probably right. The defensive backs probably are the difference between them and the other conferences.
I did rate the SEC as the best (along with the Big 12), so there has to be a reason for it, and defensive back speed makes sense.

Posted by: DW | September 17, 2008 10:53 AM

Most of the people picking big 12 are from the midwest and the ones the pick the sec are from that region. I am from the east. I say seing that Georgia, Bama, Florida and LSU are all in the top 10 and have won the last two national championships I will say SEC. The best team in the country is from the PAC-10.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 1:16 PM

The ACC!! Because I'm a Homer.

Posted by: Terpin | September 17, 2008 8:51 PM

This year it's a tight race between the SEC and the Big 12. The edge early on to the SEC but not by much.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:38 AM

SEC first, then Big-12

DW - It's not just D-backs, but also the defensive front, which I think Durham mentioned specifically. The only position at which speed is not really a factor is O-line (tight ends excluded). Every other position needs speed, and the SEC has it across the board.

Posted by: Choowee | September 18, 2008 8:42 AM

The most laughable part is the question itself. Would this even be a debate if another conference won the last two national titles and had 5 teams in the top 10. How can we even take this question serious?

Posted by: mike | September 18, 2008 9:28 AM

Can the Post not give in to this "The South will rise again" conference bs? Leave it to less reputable media outlets and message boards.

I'm a Maryland fan. I couldn't give a crap about the entire ACC. I laughed when Clemson got trounced by Alabama. I laughed when Virginia got pummeled by USC.

Congratulations to Florida and LSU on their national championship seasons. If anyone in Alabama or South Carolina thinks that's some badge of honor for the South, they're delusional.

Posted by: Kev | September 18, 2008 9:43 AM

Everytime a SEC team goes out West they lose. Start playing games outside your region then you can start bumping your chest. Several SEC teams haven't played a game outside the South in my lifetime.

Posted by: West | September 18, 2008 10:05 AM

did he laugh when Maryland got whupped by MTSU?

Posted by: Durham | September 18, 2008 11:58 AM

Maryland will finish with a 4-8 record (good for last place in the ACC - even behind Duke).

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Posted by: Darryl | September 18, 2008 2:24 PM

Being from the Midwest, I would normally say the Big Ten, but not this year (the USC-Ohio State game was ugly). I really hope Wisconsin or Penn State beat-up on Ohio State this year, I really don't want to see Ohio State get crushed in another BCS bowl and bring down the conference again.

I like the PAC-10, Mountain West and WAC a lot for not putting too many cream-puffs on their schedules, unlike the ACC and SEC, which seem to love crowing about their lop-sided victories over Southern Miss or Western Michigan.

Posted by: Maybe next year | September 18, 2008 4:39 PM

Until college football introduces a sensible playoff system to decide the championship, WHO CARES? Or should I say, why debate it, just ask the BCS computer?

Posted by: AussieRules | September 18, 2008 9:47 PM

clearly the sec. no question.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 11:03 PM

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