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BOZICH | Monday Rewind -- Has Pac-12 Overtaken The SEC?

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The results from the first four weekends of college football show the Pac-12 has as much reason to brag as the SEC. The results from the first four weekends of college football show the Pac-12 has as much reason to brag as the SEC.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Beatdown Saturday is over. Scheduling for success is about to end, too. Conference play has arrived in college football. Unbeatens will disappear. The legitimate national championship contenders will emerge.

The arrival of serious conference play makes this the perfect day for the Monday Rewind to take a snapshot of how the six Bowl Championship Series leagues have performed outside of league play.

Here is that snapshot – a snapshot that shows if you look at the record of each league against schools from other BCS conferences, it is the Pac-12 that has the most reasons to howl.

Not that SEC fans will listen for a second until somebody beats the league in the BCS title game.

1. Pac-12

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 6-3 -- and that's without a great team at their signature program (USC).

Best Win: UCLA 41, Nebraska 21 in Lincoln.

Worst Loss: Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46.

Unbeaten Teams: Six – (Stanford, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Colorado).

Winless Teams: None.

Surprise Team: Washington State (3-1), with a win at USC and a close loss at Auburn. Mike Leach even took a second to tell Paul Petrino how much he admired him on Saturday night.

Disappointing Team: USC. See Washington State game – or the Fire Lane Kiffin signs painted across intersections in Los Angeles.

Heisman Hopeful: Marcus Mariota, Oregon quarterback

2. SEC

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 7-6, considering the hype the SEC kicks up, you'd expect something closer to 11-2.

Best Win: Mississippi 44, Texas 23 in Austin.

Worst Loss: Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24 after the Razorbacks lead 24-7 in the third quarter.

Unbeaten Teams: Four (Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri)

Winless Teams: None.

Surprise Team: Ole Miss, which gets the national stage in Tuscaloosa this weekend. The Rebels are one win away from becoming the biggest story in college football.

Disappointing Team: Mississippi State, which has lost control of its state to the Rebels.

Heisman Hopeful: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M quarterback.

3. Big Ten

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 8-6, still can't handle the Pac-12, even when it isn't the Rose Bowl.

Best Win: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30

Worst Loss: UCLA 41, Nebraska 21

Unbeaten Teams: Four (Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern)

Winless Teams: None.

Surprise Team: Northwestern – any time the Wildcats start 4-0 it should be considered a surprise, and their legion of J-school grads in the media are primed to tell you how remarkable Northwestern is.

Disappointing Team: Indiana – with four non-league home games to start the season, the Hoosiers were expected to do better than 2-2. Block. Tackle. Forever an issue in Bloomington.

Heisman Hopeful: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin halfback.

4. ACC

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 5-6, several of the wins were quality victories.

Best Win: Clemson 38, Georgia 35.

Worst Loss: Louisiana Monroe 21, Wake Forest 19.

Unbeaten Teams: Five (Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami.)

Winless Teams: None.

Surprise Team: Maryland – wins against UConn and West Virginia have given the Terps something to brag about other than their uniforms. Randy Edsall is getting the last laugh on his New England detractors.

Disappointing Team: North Carolina. We're approaching the last weekend in September, and the Tar Heels' only victory is against Middle Tennessee State.

Heisman Hopeful: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, quarterback.

5. The American

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 4-7, not great but about what was expected.

Best Win: UCF 34, Penn State 31 in Happy Valley.

Worst Loss: Towson State 33, UConn 18.

Unbeaten Teams: Three (Louisville, Houston, UCF)

Winless Teams: Three (USF, UConn, Temple)

Surprise Team: Houston – the Cougars are 3-0 after starting 0-3 a year ago. Hat tip to Cougars coach Tony Levine, a former assistant at Louisville under Bobby Petrino.

Disappointing Team: USF – Bulls' fans weren't expecting Willie Taggart to lose his first three games by a combined 50 points. They definitely were not expecting 0-3.

Heisman Hopeful: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville quarterback.

6. Big 12

Record Against Other BCS Leagues: 2-4, considering the resources and tradition in this league, the Big 12 has earned last place with colossal underachievement.

Best Win: Oklahoma State 21, Mississippi State 3.

Worst Loss: West Virginia – when was the last time the Mountaineers lost to Maryland by 37?

Unbeaten Teams: Four (Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State).

Winless Team: Iowa State.

Surprise Team: Texas Tech – the schedule hasn't been difficult, but it's been more difficult than Baylor's. And Kliff Kingsbury is a rookie coach.

Disappointing Team: Texas. There's never an acceptable reason for the Longhorns to be 2-2. Is there Mack Brown? Sounds like a topic for The Longhorn Network.

Heisman Hopeful: Bryce Petty, Baylor quarterback.

MY TOP 10

1. Alabama

2. Oregon.

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

5. Louisiana State

6. Stanford

7. Louisville

8. Florida State

9. UCLA

10. Georgia.

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