A 6-6 Washington team beat Nebraska 19-7 in the Holiday Bowl. Stanford demolishes ACC Champion Virginia Tech 40-12 in the 2011 Orange Bowl and now we have Oregon playing Auburn in the BCS National Championship game. Clearly, the PAC 10 is the most dominant athletic/football conference in the country. In 2010, Stanford also pounded Notre Dame 37 to 14 and UCLA crushed Texas 34 to 12. Statistics don’t lie, no matter how biased you are living in middle America or on the East Coast.
If you compare academic match ups, the Pac 10 wins as well. Not only are Stanford, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon academically superior to Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Texas, and Auburn based on polls by every single college ranking system available, they also have superior athletic programs to boot. Furthermore, the campuses of Stanford, UCLA and Oregon are like country clubs, with phenomenal facilities and fantastic weather all year around.
Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn and Virginia Tech are fine schools in their own right. However, if you compare the four against their Pac 10 match ups, there simply is no comparison. Hence, why is it that athletic recruits would ever go to a school other than one in the PAC 10 if they had a choice? Let’s find out.