College Football: Comparing SEC and Pac-12 Schedules

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College Football: Comparing SEC and Pac-12 Schedules
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Sports fans everywhere are obsessed with comparing conferences.  What is the best conference?  Which conference has the best quarterbacks?  Which one has the best defense?  Which conference has the best passing efficiency defense?  And which conference boasts the best punting defense?

A question that many have argued throughout the years is this: Which conference boasts the most difficult schedules?  It seems that if your conference can't be the best, they better damn well play the best.  Conference loyalists are always looking for things other than wins for which to applaud their teams.

Pac-10 (soon Pac-12) fans are a particularly raucous bunch who always decry other conferences for playing soft schedules.  True, the Pac-10 used to play a complete, nine game schedule, which always led to less bowl eligible teams than their eight conference game playing rival conferences.  They also play more road games than other major conferences.

This year, the Pac-10 will welcome Colorado and Utah, which means the conference will have the same number of teams as the vaunted SEC and Big Ten conferences (who themselves absconded with Nebraska).  Heck, let's throw the ACC in there too for good measure.  Comparing conferences has never been easier.

This article will focus on two of the best—if not the two best football conferences: The Pac-12 and the SEC.  And since they both now have 12 teams, I'll start at the bottom and work my way to the top, in terms of strength of schedule.  Of course this is my opinion and in some cases I'll be splitting hairs.

Without further ado, let's get to it.  The biggest disgraces in each conference in terms of the mighty SOS.

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