The regular season is over—save one final game between Army and Navy this weekend—and the bowl schedule has officially been set. The stretch run for the 2013 college football campaign is in full go.
When grading the FBS conferences at this juncture, there are plenty of criteria to use. But some are quite misleading. The Pac-12, for example, has enjoyed a fabulous season, but it's the only power conference without multiple teams in a BCS bowl.
How heavily should that weigh?
These rankings comprise of a season-long body of work, which means they might not change dramatically after bowl season. There's only so much a postseason record can tell us when the Big Ten plays the SEC three times, but the Pac-12 avoids it entirely.
So yes, this situation is fluid; depending on what happens this postseason, every spot is up for debate and examination. But this end-of-regular-season edition of the rankings is pretty important in its own right too.