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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Pac-12, Big 12 battling for second place

By David Ubben

The Big 12 started the season well out in front as the nation's No. 1 conference, but it might fall to No. 3 soon. The Pac-12 is continuing its run and is closer than ever in this week's ESPN Stats & Info Conference Power Rankings.

The Big 12 is still the No. 1 conference according to the computers, but it leads the Pac-12 by just half a point, nearly 11 points behind the first-place SEC.

"West Virginia’s fall from grace has hurt the Big 12," writes Stats & Info's Sharon Katz. "The Mountaineers ranked in the AP Top 5 four weeks ago, but three consecutive losses has West Virginia out of the AP Top 25 for the first time this season."

Not a good look for the newcomer there.