DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) - With the majority of conference regular-season games in the books, the SEC again holds national bragging rights.
It appears that for the second year in a row the powerful SEC will be the only league in the country to send a team to the national title game.
But the SEC isn’t the only team poised to make noise in the postseason.
BALANCED BIG 12: Though the Big 12 still has one week of games left, it already has qualified nine of its 10 members for bowl games.
Only woeful Kansas won’t go to a bowl game this season _ a sign that the league is as deep as it’s ever been.
Kansas State can win the league on Saturday with a win over Texas, and Oklahoma can swoop in and steal the title with a win at TCU and a loss by K-State. Whoever wins the Big 12 will be joined by a ton of familiar faces in December and beyond.
The league has three six-win teams; Iowa State, Baylor and West Virginia. Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech already have reached seven wins.
The Big 12’s 90 percent success rate with bowl eligibility is by far the best in the country _ and perhaps proof that 10 really is the perfect number of teams for the league.
PAC-12 IS BACK: The Pac-12 also had a strong season, perhaps stronger than many thought it could.
The league will send eight teams to the postseason, just one shy of what the SEC and Big 12 will provide during the bowl season. The Pac-12 also will likely get two teams into the BCS, with either Stanford or UCLA headed to the Rose Bowl and 11-win Oregon looking like a solid BCS at-large pick.
And the Pac-12 won’t send any .500 teams to the postseason, as every bowl-eligible team has won at least seven games.