Re: PAC 12 Underrated in Football?
The beauty of college football arguments is that the sample size is SO small that almost any side can be taken and defended. For example, the Big Ten's Bowl record in the last decade is pretty bad. But, they tend to play in games a little over their head because their fans travel well (the same goes for Notre Dame). Interconference rankings are skewed because there are very few interconference games between two equals, which makes definitive arguments almost impossible.
Some other examples. Georgia is the keystone to many arguments. They were a great team who lost on the road at Clemson, another seemingly great team by 3 (which is exactly what Vegas predicts for homefield advantage.) Then, their entire starting offense outside of their QB gets hurt and they start losing. Does that diminish Clemson's win? Does a diminished Clemson hurt Florida State's image? It's crazy.
You could do the same thing with Baylor. They got waxed the other night buy Oklahoma State (a top 10 team) on the road, missing their running back, top wideout, and their left tackle. But, the talk was that they were a fraud all along. It's maddening.
Imagine making these types of arguments about MLB by say, April 30th, when the Reds have played one inter-league series with the White Sox. We would have NO idea what anyone really was.
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