It's the great debate in college football.
Which conference is the best?
It seems as though this debate sparks some of the most heated arguments among college football fans. Maybe that's due to not only are there so many factors to consider, but there is also a certain amount of pride involved.
For many fans, cheering for their hometown team also means cheering for the conference as a whole.
Why? Simply because the better the conference looks as a whole, the better your team looks.
But what is the best way to determine which conference is best?
National championships over the past few years? BCS bowl appearances? Bowl records?
Or should it be the number of bowl representatives each year?
No, this metric may not provide a clear winner when it comes to determining the "best" conference in college football, but it should help in deciding which conference is deepest.
Let the debate begin.
Note: Numbers and projected 2010 bowl teams were based on CollegeFootballNews.com's 2010 bowl picks.
Also, two independent teams, Navy and Notre Dame, are projected to compete bowl games in 2010-11 season. However, they are not included in the following slides.