Sorry SEC, but Big 12 is looking like the best so far

We’ve all been thinking it might be the case, but now as the season is closing in on the halfway point, we have enough data to acknowledge that the Big 12 is the best conference in college football in 2008.

The Big 12 stacks up nicely with the SEC by almost every measure, and as we get into the meat of the season, the showdown games in the heartland look like the most entertaining matchups in the country.
Sure, we all look forward to the LSU-Alabama slugfest, and the bloodletting that will be Georgia-Florida, but for pure entertainment and great football — as well as following the bouncing ball all the way to the BCS Championship Game — the latter half of the season is all about the Big 12: Texas-Oklahoma (this Saturday, Oct. 11), Missouri-Texas (Oct. 18), Texas-Texas Tech (Nov. 1), Oklahoma-Texas Tech (Nov. 22) … and, of course, the Big 12 title game (Oklahoma-Missouri?).