Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington the best Big Four in college football?

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Or does Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia and LSU have them beat?

The Pac-12 currently has a top four of Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA. Would you consider the Pac-12's top four to be better than the top four in anyone else's conference?

Sean Reynolds, Block U: I think they stack up favorably to the top-four in the SEC. Beyond that, though, I don't see any conference legitimately better than the Pac-12 at the top.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I would say it is better than any other than the SEC's which I would consider Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Texas A&M (Could also swap South Carolina in there). I think the Pac-12 has made up a lot of ground though and it all hinges on how good UCLA and Washington actually are. They can't start dropping games to middle-of-the-road Pac-12 teams once the season starts.

Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: That's certainly a great looking top 4, but I think I'd still rank the SEC higher at the moment. I'm probably put 3 teams ahead of Washington.

Patrick Flower, Pacific Takes: Basically this question asks whether Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA are better than Alabama, LSU, A&M, and Georgia. I'd argue that the Pac-12's top 4 has more impressive OOC wins (Boise St win diminishing by the week) to date and also wins the OOC scheduling debate. And outside of Georgia's close loss to Clemson and the intra-divisional matchup between Alabama and Texas A&M, there is not a lot to gauge the SEC. The Pac-12's top 4 are 12-0 entering week 4 and the SEC's are 12-2 including the Bama/A&M game that cancels the SEC out to 11-1, one game behind their Pac-12 equals. There is not a clear case to be made but the Pac-12 in general is up while the SEC appears down. Right now though, I wouldn't bet against the SEC's top 4.

Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: I would still take Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M over the Pac-12's four. The upper two from both conferences are about even, but I'm not completely sold on Washington and UCLA yet. Sure, both have a big win so far on the season, but we are a long way from knowing just how good Boise State and Nebraska actually are.

Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles: That's certainly a solid four teams, but I wouldn't catapult them just yet over the likes of the top four teams over in the SEC. The season is still early, too, and the competition the aforementioned four Pac-12 squads have faced pales in comparison to the opponents the SEC teams have faced so far.

Josh Schlichter, Pacific Takes: Oregon and Stanford definitely could play alongside the class of the SEC, but Washington and UCLA are bigger liabilities. While UCLA might have the nation's best road win outside of Bama's win at A&M, we'll really know if the Bruins are for real if they arrive to their schedule's gauntlet at 5-0 and find a way to knock off either Stanford or Oregon on the road. The Bruins are on their way, but the jury is still out on them. Same goes for Washington, whose SOS will need to improve before we can say that they can compete with LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, etc.

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