Pac-12 says it’s catching up to SEC

Oregon players will be jacked up when they play Stanford on Thursday night. (Getty)

Oregon players will be jacked up when they play Stanford on Thursday night. (Getty)

Improved teams.

Bigger games.

More money.

Big-time coaches.

Increased TV exposure

Extensive recruiting.

These are some of the reasons why the Pac-12 says it’s catching up to the SEC this season, at least according to an AP article.

Here’s Washington State AD Bill Moos:

“Here we are out on the West Coast, now all of sudden we’re in people’s living rooms and sports bars. Plus (the TV contract) provided the revenue for all of us to build the buildings that we’re doing to get ourselves up to par with the rest of the country in regards to recruiting.”

Sagarin ratings, according to the article, breaks down every conference by division. It rates the SEC West as the top division in the FBS, followed by the Pac-12 North (Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and California) and the Pac-12 South (USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado), before the SEC East.

A couple of Oregon students have even begun selling “We Want Bama” T-shirts.

More from the article:

More Pac-12 football games are on TV than ever before. Multimillion dollar facilities upgrades at one stage or another can be found on just about every campus. The roster of coaches has more notable names — Rich Rodriguez at Arizona, Todd Graham at Arizona State, Jim Mora Jr. at UCLA and Mike Leach at Washington State — drawing heftier paychecks and playing an exciting brand of ball. Oregon brought fast-football to the Pac-12 and now much of the conference is trying to chase down the Ducks, with various forms of the no-huddle, spread offense.

The Pac-12’s top two programs will be on display on Thursday night, when No. 2 Oregon plays at No. 5 Stanford on ESPN, so those of you who haven’t seen a Pac-12 game this season can judge for yourselves.

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sports

November 11th, 2013
3:57 am

Thanks Johnston for sharing the post.Nice post.
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bully1

November 8th, 2013
8:29 am

At least they admit to being our behinds!! SEC Rules!!

JJ

November 8th, 2013
1:26 am

Quack!!!

26-20

Quack!!!

SEC_SEC_SEC

November 7th, 2013
5:05 pm

PAC and ACC teams love to pound their chests when they win one against Vandy or Mississippi State. The bowl games often pit the second best teams from various conferences against the 5th or 6th place SEC teams, and the SEC still has a winning bowl record in spite of these match-ups.

There is a reason why you hear coaches in the PAC and Big-12, etc comparing themselves to the SEC. Comparing themselves to the B1G or ACC would amount to self deprecation.