While the SEC may be running away with the top spot, the Pac-12 and Big 12 are neck-and-neck for the No. 2 perch in the ESPN Stats & Info’s Conference Power Rankings after 10 weeks of football.
From the article:
The race for second in the rankings is heating up. The Pac-12 gained 2.7 points on the Big 12 this week to pull within 0.5 points of second place.
West Virginia’s fall from grace has hurt the Big 12. The Mountaineers ranked in the AP Top 5 four weeks ago, but three consecutive losses has West Virginia out of the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.
Similarly, USC’s fall from the top of the polls has hurt the Pac-12, but other teams have stepped up in the Trojans’ place. Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford have outperformed preseason expectations, resulting in four Pac-12 teams ranked in the AP Top 17. In comparison, the Big 12 has two teams ranked that high.
Of course, this might not settle itself for real until after the bowl games. The Pac-12 and Big 12 meet in the Alamo and Holiday Bowls.