- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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The regular-season rankings have been tallied and the Pac-12 finished No. 2 in the ESPN.com power rankings behind the SEC.
The conference finished the regular season with two teams in the AP and BCS Top 10: Oregon is No. 4 in the BCS and No. 5 in the AP. Stanford is No. 6 in the BCS and No. 8 in the AP. Overall, the conference has four teams in the top 25 of both polls including Oregon State (13 BCS, 15 AP) and UCLA (17, 17).
The Big 12 ranks third.
From Sharon Katz of the ESPN Stats & Info group:
Like the SEC, the Big 12 has nine bowl-eligible teams. That is impressive considering that the conference has only 10 teams. Yet the Big 12 remains behind the SEC and the Pac-12 in the conference rankings because it lacks multiple “elite” teams.
The Big 12 has two teams currently ranked in the AP Poll, its fewest of any week this season. To put that in perspective, both the WAC and MAC have two teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25.
With eight teams headed to the postseason, the Pac-12 has some very favorable matchups. And as Ted wrote, the league has a good chance to go 8-0, which would certainly turn some heads nationally as to the depth and quality of the Pac-12.