The end of the season is nigh, and with bowl season looming in the not-so-distant future, it's only a matter of time before we get to see elite non-conference opponents square-off (consistently) for the first time since early fall.
Those head-to-head matchups will go a long way in determining how each conference has truly stacked up this year—as they do every postseason—but in the meantime, it doesn't hurt to make a guess.
If you've watched enough football and mined enough data, certain trends start to emerge, hinting at which leagues might truly be the best this season.
We'll know more in a little over a month, once the top-tier bowls with the top-tier teams from the top-tier leagues start kicking off.
But for now, here's a shot in the dark.
FEI-Plus numbers courtesy of Football Outsiders