One of the arguments for LSU to play for the national championship game has been that they won the Southeastern Conference championship. Since the SEC is the toughest conference, the argument goes, the Tigers deserved to face Ohio State when the No. 2 slot opened up courtesy of Pitt's shocking upset of West Virginia.
That's a sound argument, as long as the SEC truly is the top conference among the six BCS leagues. After thorough examination, the SEC does hold up as the best conference in 2007, but it is not nearly as dominating as some may think.
Observe the numbers for yourself and you'll see that not only is parity prevalent among the teams, it goes for the conferences as well. Here are the latest rankings, along with some interesting notes as we pass the interminable wait until the national championship. Undoubtedly, there will be a shakeup in these rankings after the bowl season, and we'll revisit the final list in January.
Note: In order to have a "quality" non-conference win, the losing team must be a BCS team and had to finish .500 or better in its conference. Notable non-conference losses are losses to non-BCS teams. Notre Dame is considered a BCS team.