Instead of shouting about who the best conference is, let's show who is the best by using numbers to support the facts. Let's decide we'll measure the depth of strength of the leagues by reviewing how many teams placed in the final Top 25 polls of the 21st Century.
From 2000 to 2007, we see that the Pac-10 placed 24 teams in the final polls, the Big Ten had 29, the Big 12 had 31, and the SEC placed 39.
Rather than look at those numbers, let's convert them into percentages.
For example, the Pac-10 has 10 teams. Reviewing the eight-season era of this century means there has been a possible placing of 80 teams (8 X 10= 80) in the final top 25 poll for the Pac-10.
The Big Ten has 88 (8 X 11= 88), while the Big 12 and SEC come in with 96 since they have a dozen schools (8 X 12=96).
Translation: The Pac-10 placed 30 percent of its teams in the Top 25, the Big 12 notched 32 percent, the Big Ten 33 percent, and the SEC led with 41 percent.
Oddly enough, the often maligned Big Ten actually placed second. Now all the SEC has to worry about is the Big East, CUSA, Mountain West, ACC, WAC, and Sun Belt.
Oh yes, and that nasty little mountain school down south, Appalachian State!