After Oregon State’s loss to USC, parity is theme in the Pac-12

One of the knocks against the SEC in the debate between the Pac-12 and SEC for conference superiority is that the parity in the SEC has diluted the conference's superiority.

Well, if you're using that argument in favor of the Pac-12, you better look in the mirror.

Save for a brief stretch in the second quarter, USC thoroughly outplayed Oregon State in Corvallis for a 31-14 victory. Entering the game, Oregon State, with its dynamic duo of quarterback Sean Mannion and wide receiver Brandin Cooks, had a strong claim to be the conference's third-best team. Now? That's all Arizona State.

In the SEC, Ole Miss beat LSU, who beat Auburn, who beat Texas A&M. South Carolina beat Missouri, who beat Georgia, who beat Tennessee, who beat South Carolina. And so on and so forth.

We get to play that game with the Pac-12 too.

Friday night was Oregon State's second loss of the season in the conference after falling last week to Stanford. So now, in the midst of the 10th week of the 2013 season, all but three teams -- Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State -- in the conference have two or more conference losses.

That's the same breakdown in the SEC. Like Oregon, Alabama is undefeated. And then there's Missouri and Auburn with a loss apiece. Everyone else, two losses.

Heck, the parity each league has is a strength. Outside of the two behemoths, its been proven that anyone can beat everyone else. Well, outside of Cal, Colorado, Arkansas and Kentucky so far.

The fact that you could rank the teams from four to eight in each conference and come up with a convincing argument for almost any arrangement is proof of the strength of each league, not a weakness in either direction. And that unpredictability sure makes it more fun to watch.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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