College football: Big 12 lags behind other major conferences in parity

Parity has been slow to come to Big 12 football. Berry Tramel takes a look at the balance of power in the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 28, 2012
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Parity has been slow to come to Big 12 football, compared to other major conferences:

SEC: Four champions the last four years — LSU in 2011, Auburn in 2010, Alabama in 2009 and Florida in 2008. From 1998-02, the SEC had five in five — Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Georgia. To find the SEC void of parity, you have to go back to 1993-96, when Florida won four straight.

Big Ten: Three champs in three years 2008-10 (Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin), but Wisconsin now has won two straight. From 1992-96, the Big Ten had five in five (Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Northwestern, Ohio State). And from 1999-03, the Big Ten had six champs in five years — Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Ohio State-Iowa (they tied, with both unbeaten but not playing), Michigan.

Pac-12: The Pac has been top-heavy in recent seasons — Southern Cal won six straight league titles, 2003-08, and now Oregon has won three in a row. But from 1994 through 2000, seven schools won the seven titles available — Oregon, USC, Arizona State, Washington State, UCLA, Stanford and Washington.

ACC: Three in the last three years — Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech. But historically, the ACC has had little parity. Virginia Tech won four in its first seven years in the league (2004-10). Florida State entered the league in 1992 and won the first nine titles and 11 of the first 12.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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