For the past five seasons, the SEC has been home to the kings of college football.
But in 2011 the tide seems to be slightly changing, as the Big 12 Conference, which has been historically a conference full of high-octane offensive teams, is making steps towards being the top conference in the country.
When truly comparing the two conferences it's tough as both have historic programs, grand traditions and some of the best moments in college football history, but which conference is truly the best this season.
The past five seasons an SEC team has lifted the crystal football at the end of everything as National Champions, of course starting the debate of the SEC being the best conference in all of college football.
Well this season the Big 12 Conference has positioned itself as possibly the strongest conference in all of football.
Consistently throughout the season four to six Big 12 teams have taken spots in the Top 25, really hanging with the SEC.
Heading into this weekend of play the Big 12 has five teams in the Top 25 in the Associated Press and Coaches Poll with Oklahoma State being highest at No. 3 and 4.
In the BCS poll the Big 12 comes in this weekend with six of its ten members in the Top 25 as well, Texas comes in at No. 24 in the BCS poll.
For the SEC, of course Alabama and LSU take the top spots, with that meeting coming on November 5, which will be a battle for No.1 spot, and from there on down Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia come in at 8, 14 and 22.
So with the rankings the Big 12 and SEC are neck and neck in that, now it boils down to individual players.At the quarterback position, which is arguably the most watched and scrutinized position in all sports; the Big 12 is stacked with future NFL talent.
Among the 16 semifinalists that were selected for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, five came from the Big 12.
Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), and Seth Doege (Texas Tech) were the five players representing the Big 12 to be named to that group.
There is also a great chance that one of those gunslingers will be one of the three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award as well.
For the SEC, only one quarterback was named to that list in Tyler Wilson from Arkansas.
When it comes to the most prestigious award in the land, the Heisman Trophy, Jones, Weeden and Griffin have received a couple of votes, and if the rest of these quarterbacks continue their hot play they might move their name right up there on that list as well.
For the SEC only one player has made it onto the watch list, running back from Alabama Trent Richardson.
So with all of this evidence, there is an argument to be made for the Big 12 Conference as one of the strongest or maybe even the strongest conference in all of college football.
But time, number of wins, bowl game selections and bowl wins will in the end settle the argument of which is the better conference in all the land.
Big 12 or SEC?