Back in 2004, the Big 12 South Division (yes, the Big 12 once had divisions) went 15-3 against its North Division comrades. Colorado and Iowa State tied for first place in the North, at 4-4.
By 2008, the Big 12 South had slipped. It went just 14-4 against the North.
That's the standard for division dominance, and it won't be matched in 2012. Not for lack of trying.
Three major conferences have lopsided divisions, for various reasons, which promise to offer up dud conference championship games the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Pac-12: The North Division is 12-7 against the South, and that's with Washington State going 0-2 with a loss to awful Colorado.
The top three teams in the Pac-12 are in the North – Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford. UCLA, at 4-2, leads the South, but the Bruins still have to play Southern Cal and Stanford. USC is 4-3 and Arizona State are 3-3, and they play Saturday.
Big Ten: The Legends Division (Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota) is 7-6 against the Leaders Division. Sounds like parity.
Except the best two teams in the Leaders, Ohio State and Penn State, are on probation and ineligible for the Big Ten title. Which makes Wisconsin, 3-2, and Indiana, 2-3, the contenders to play in the Big Ten title game. Indiana hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, which means the Hoosiers, losers to Ball State and Navy, control their own destiny.
ACC: The Atlantic Division (Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College) is just 9-7 against the Coastal Division. Except the league's two best teams are Florida State and Clemson, and the Coastal has yet to identify a good team.
Miami leads at 4-2, barely ahead of 3-2 North Carolina, which also is ineligible for the ACC title game. Which means the Miami-Duke game next week could determine the division rep. The Miami-Duke winner could be 7-5.
So let's review, the weekend of all the conference title games, while Alabama and Georgia are knocking heads in a battle royale, the other games could be Oregon against 8-4 USC, Nebraska against Indiana and Florida State against 7-5 Miami.
On Dec. 1, Kansas State hosts Texas, and the Wildcats could be playing for a 12-0 season. I don't think anybody is going to be missing the Big 12 championship game.