The SEC is a great conference and has produced some great teams as of late. Supporters of the SEC will throw out the four championships by three different teams over the past four years and those three teams were Florida, LSU, and Alabama.
An argument though is that in one of the BCS championship games that USC got robbed of a chance at a championship with Oklahoma taking on Florida in 2008. But, this isn't about the past it's about how the conferences are now in 2010.
Out of conference scheduling could be considered a factor, but both teams have scheduled their fair share of cupcakes, but when looking at the schedules the Pac-10 edges out the SEC in difficulty.
For the SEC the out of conference schedules for each team looks like this:
Alabama: San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, and Georgia State
Florida: Miami (OH), South Florida, Appalachian State, and Florida State
Georgia: Louisiana Lafayette, Colorado, Idaho State, and Georgia Tech
Kentucky: Louisville, Western Kentucky, Akron, and Charleston Southern
South Carolina: Southern Mississippi, Furman, Colorado, and Troy
Tennessee: Tennessee-Martin, Oregon, UAB, and Memphis
Vanderbilt: Northwestern, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, and Wake Forest
LSU: North Carolina, McNeese State, West Viriginia, and Louisiana-Monroe.
Auburn: Arkansas State, Clemson, Louisiana-Monroe, and Chattanooga
Arkansas: Tennessee Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas A&M, and UTEP
Mississippi: Jacksonville State, Tulane, Fresno State, and Louisiana-Lafayette
Mississippi State: Memphis, Alcorn State, Houston, and UAB
Out of conference record for the SEC so far 18-3 in out of conference games which is good for a winning percentage of 86. The losses came from Northwestern a Big 10 team, Oregon a Pac-10 team, and Jacksonville State a FCS school.
The Notable opponents are Oregon (loss), Penn State (win), North Carolina (win), West Virginia and Houston have yet to be played. So, at most there are five truly solid teams the SEC will face this year in the out of conference scheduling.
Here's a look at the out of conference schedule for the Pac-10 and the results so far:
Arizona: Toldeo, The Citadel, and Iowa
Arizona State: Portland State, Northern Arizona, and Wisconsin
California: UC Davis, Colorado, and Nevada
Oregon: New Mexico State, Tennessee, and Portland State
Oregon State: TCU, Louisville, and Boise State
Stanford: Sacramento State, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame
UCLA: Kansas State, Houston, and Texas
USC: Hawaii, Virginia, and Minnesota
Washington: BYU, Syracuse, and Nebraska
Washington State: Oklahoma State, Montana State, and Southern Methodist
In the out of conference schedule so far the Pac-10 has gone 13-4. As for the notable opponents TCU (loss), BYU (loss), Tennessee (win) yet to be played Wisconsin, Iowa, Boise State, Houston, Texas, and Nebraska.
As for quality out of conference opponents the Pac-10 will play nine solid teams this year, that's nearly double the amount of the SEC.
That's a major advantage for the Pac-10 is the out conference scheduling.
Here's a look at the quarterback numbers for the SEC.
- Alabama: Greg McElroy 29-40, 447 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions
- Florida: John Brantley 35-46, 285 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions
- Georgia: Aaron Murray 31-47, 352 yards, three touchdowns and one interception
- Kentucky: Mike Hartline 33-46, 430 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- South Carolina: Stephen Garcia 28-40, 458 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions
- Tennessee: Matt Simms 29-53, 332 yards, one touchdown and one interception
- Vanderbilt: Larry Smith, 27-48, 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception
- LSU: Jordan Jefferson 23-41, 247 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions
- Auburn: Cameron Newton 20-33, 322 yards, five touchdowns and one interception
- Arkansas: Ryan Mallett 49-67 701 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions
- Mississippi: Jeremiah Masoli 23-30, 390 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions
- Mississippi State: Tyler Russell, 17-25, 275 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception
Average quarterback in the SEC numbers 29-43, 379 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
- Alabama: Trent Richardson 32 carries, 210 yards, 6.6 yards per carry, and three touchdowns, also has seven catches for 92 yards out of the backfield.
- Florida: Jeffrey Demps, 19 carries, 237 yards, 12.5 yards per carry average, and two touchdowns. Receiving wise he has caught five passes for 25 yards.
- Georgia: Washuan Ealey 19 carries, 75 yards, and a 3.9 yards per carry average and also has one catch for no yards.
- Kentucky: Derrick Locke 44 carries, 206 yards, a 4.7 yards per carry average, and three touchdowns. Has also five catches for 31 yards.
- South Carolina: Marcus Lattimore 51 carries, 236 yards, 4.6 yards per carry average, and four touchdowns. Also, has contributed three catches for 37 yards.
- Tennessee: Tauren Poole 42 carries, 272 yards, 6.8 yards per carry, and three touchdowns. Has caught three passes for 17 yards.
- Vanderbilt:Warren Norman 18 carries, 114 yards, 6.3 yards per carry average, and a touchdown. Out of the backfield has caught three passes for 34 yards.
- LSU: Stevan Ridley 36 carries, 240 yards, 6.7 yards per carry, and a touchdown. Receiving wise has two catches for seven yards.
- Auburn: Onterio McCalebb, 21 carries, 144 yards, and 6.9 yards per carry. Has not had a reception out of the backfield.
- Arkansas: Broderick Green, 21 carries, 68 yards, 3.2 yards per carry, and a touchdown. Also, has a catch for three yards.
- Mississippi: Brandon Bolden 24 carries, 136 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. Also has contributed with five catches for 70 yards.
- Mississippi State: Vick Ballard 12 carries, 73 yards, 6.1 yards per carry, and three touchdowns. Has one catch for 22 yards as well.
Average running back: 28 carries, 168 yards, six yards per carry average, and two touchdowns. Reception wise three catches for 28 yards.
Leading wide receiver:
- Alabama: Julio Jones 10 catches, 142 yards, 14.2 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
- Florida: Deonte Thompson eight catches for 107 yards, and a 11.9 yards per catch average
- Georgia:Kris Durham eight catches, 159 yards, 19.9 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
- Kentucky: Randall Cobb seven catches, 117 yards, 16.7 yards per catch, and a touchdown
- South Carolina: Alshon Jeffery 14 catches, 209 yards, and 14.9 yards per catch.
- Tennessee: Denarius Moore eight catches 103 yards, 12.9 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
- Vanderbilt: Brandon Barden nine catches, 101 yards, 11.2 yards per catch, and a touchdown
- LSU: Reuben Randle six catches, 101 yards, 16.8 yards per catch average, and a touchdown.
- Auburn: Darvin Adams five catches. 96 yards, 19.2 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
- Arkansas: Greg Childs 16 catches, 172 yards, 10.8 yards per catch, and two touchdowns.
- Mississippi: Markeith Summers seven catches, 197 yards, 28.1 yards per catch, and two touchdowns.
- Mississippi State: Chad Bumphis, nine catches, 134 yards, 14.9 yards per catch, and two touchdowns.
Average top wide receiver: nine catches, 137 yards, and a touchdown.
Total Defense Rankings:
- Alabama: 12
- Florida: 28
- Georgia: 16
- Kentucky: 41
- South Carolina: 55
- Tennessee: 39
- Vanderbilt: 79
- LSU: 33
- Auburn: 44
- Arkansas: 4
- Mississippi: 58
- Mississippi State: 36
For the SEC there are nine teams in the top 50 in defense so far this season. Only one is in the top 10 and another one is in the top 15.
Now it's time to look at the Pac-10 and the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers.
- Arizona: Nick Foles 49-59 574 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
- Arizona State: Steven Threet 47-70 630 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions
- California: Kevin Riley 29-44, 455 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- Oregon: Darron Thomas 30-55, 422 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception
- Oregon State: Ryan Katz 9-25, 159 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- Stanford: Andrew Luck 28-47, 467 yards, six touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- UCLA: Kevin Prince 15-38, 159 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions
- USC: Matt Barkley 38-58, 459 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- Washington: Jake Locker 42-70 555 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions
- Washington: State Jeff Tuel 32-58, 416 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception
Average quarterback in the Pac-10: 32-52, 430 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
- Arizona: Nic Grigsby 19 carries, 160 yards, 8.4 yards per carry, and five touchdowns. Receiving wise five catches for 33 yards.
- Arizona State: Cameron Marshall 14 carries, 132 yards, 9.4 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Has three catches for 38 yards.
- California: Shane Vereen 30 carries, 126 yards, 4.2 yards per carry, and three touchdowns. Has five receptions for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
- Oregon: Kenjon Barner 24 caries, 173 yards, 7.2 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Has three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
- Oregon State: Jacquizz Rodgers, 18 carries, 75 yards, 4.2 yards per carry average, and a touchdown.
- Stanford: Stepfan Taylor 23 carries, 97 yards, and 4.2 yards per carry. Has two receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.
- UCLA: Jonathan Franklin 24 carries, 133 yards, and 5.5 yards per carry. Has one catch for 15 yards.
- USC: Marc Tyler 35 carries, 221 yards, 6.3 yards per carry, and a touchdown. Also, has two catches for 18 yards.
- Washington: Chris Polk 36 carries, 209 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, and a touchdown. Has two catches for nine yards.
- Washington State: James Montgomery 30 carries, 148 yards, 4.9 yards per carry average, and a touchdown. Has five catches for 27 yards.
Average running back in the Pac-10: 25 carries, 147 yards, 5.9 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. Out of the backfield average three catches, 33 yards, and .4 touchdowns.
- Arizona: Juron Criner 12 catches, 236 yards, 19.7 yards per catch, and a touchdown
- Arizona: State Aaron Pflugard 12 catches, 134 yards, and 11.2 yards per catch
- California: Keenan Allen nine catches, 177 yards, 19.7 yards per catch, and two touchdowns.
- Oregon: Jeff Maehl 10 catches, 141 yards, and 14.1 yards per catch
- Oregon State: James Rodgers four catches, 75 yards, 18.8 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
- Stanford: Doug Baldwin seven catches, 161 yards, 23 yards per catch, and two touchdowns.
- UCLA: Nelson Rosario eight catches, 73 yards, and 9.1 yards per catch
- USC: Ronald Johnson 12 catches, 117 yards, 9.8 yards per catch, and three touchdowns
- Washington: Jermaine Kearse 14 catches, 287 yards, 20.5 yards per catch, and four touchdowns.
- Washington State: Marquess Wilson seven catches, 147 yards, 21 yards per catch, and a touchdown.
Average top wide receiver: 10 catches, 155 yards, 15.5 yards per catch average, and 1.4 touchdowns.
Total Defense Rankings:
- Arizona: 3
- Arizona State: 17
- California: 1
- Oregon: 11
- Oregon State: 111
- UCLA: 75
- USC: 107
- Washington: 78
- Washington State: 110
Looking at the defense the Pac-10 has the teams ranked in the top 10 including the number one ranked and number three ranked defenses. Oregon State is ranked 111th but has only played one game when the rest of the Pac-10 has played two.
When you compares the numbers though the Pac-10 has better quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, and better defenses. USC will not be ranked 107 for very long that is an anomaly as well.
Out of the quarterbacks in the SEC the most touchdowns thrown was six and the next highest was five. For the Pac 10 two quarterbacks have seven and one has six.
Running back wise the SEC has 272 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. While the Pac-10's has 209 yards and five touchdowns, although a different running back has the yards and a different one has the most touchdowns.
Receiving wise the SEC has the receiver with the most receptions, but the Pac-10 has the receiver with the most yards 287 and most touchdowns four.
Yes, the SEC had a great run especially with the run of three teams winning four championships, but this year is going to be different. The Pac-10 already has five teams in the top 25 and after week three could quite possibly have a sixth team in the rankings there's no question that the Pac-10 is ahead of the SEC.