The Pac-12 has definitely improved from the last few years, but where would you rank the conference overall in the country when compared to the other conferences?
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I would say fifth, behind the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and Big 10 and a tiny, tiny bit ahead of the SEC and Mountain West.
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: This year it's the Big 10 and everybody else, really. But after that I think the Pac-12 stacks up reasonably well. The Big East has a few more elite teams than other leagues, so they're 2nd after the Big 10. But the differences between the Pac-12, the Big 12, the ACC , the SEC and the Mountain West are so small that any attempt to meaningfully analyze them probably turns into an exercise in splitting hairs.
Matt Takimoto, Addicted to Quack: I think the Big Ten is the best top-to-bottom conference, and the PAC can't match the ACC's firepower at the top. I'd put the Big East third because who can really compete with DePaul? That puts the PAC-12 and the Big XII in a dead heat for fourth.
Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound: The overall depth is finally back in the conference, which is nice, but there aren't any elite teams, so I'd have to slot them behind the Big Ten, ACC and Big East. Either fourth or fifth with the Big 12.
Adam Butler, PacHoops: I'm going to call the Pac the fourth best conference in the nation. Yup. I'm not buying the Big XII product and the SEC is just not good. I'll give the ACC the benefit of the doubt and say they're indeed better but not by much. Call me a homer but there are some pieces to this Pac-12 puzzle I would not want to face in the Dance.