Although debates still rage in Big Ten country about why the B1G is better than the SEC (and if you believe E. Gordon Gee, it has something to do with academics), the latter half of the BCS era has undoubtedly proven that the SEC is currently dominant. Until proven otherwise, the rest of the major conferences have some catching up to do. It would be folly to try and argue otherwise.
However, that does not mean the debate between these other major conference is irrelevant or uninteresting. To the contrary, the close nature of the other four major conferences (Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten, and to a lesser extent, the ACC) over the past decade lends itself to an annual discussion of how these conferences are better than one another in the chase to be the next SEC.
One of the most interesting ongoing battles for national prominence occurs annually between the two Rose Bowl conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten. These conferences act as blood brothers and see each other as equals in many aspects, including academically and in athletics.
But we all know that football is where the best bragging rights come from.
Looking ahead to the 2013 season, the ACC is in a period of transition while the Big 12 may continue to struggle without Oklahoma or Texas being nationally elite programs. With that in mind, the debate between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten is as interesting as ever, as it may decide the second-best conference in college football.
Let's take a look at a six pack of factors explaining why the B1G is the big winner in this debate for 2013, compared to our blood brothers from the left coast.