Pac-12 football downturn? ESPN’s Brock Huard says yes

THE ARGUMENT the past two seasons has been whether the SEC or the Pac-12 is the best football conference. ESPN analyst and former Husky quarterback Brock Huard said there's no debate heading into 2016 -- the Pac-12 is now third, he says.

"What's troubling here is just a couple years ago they (the Pac-12) had the most lucrative TV deal there was, they were the envy of everybody," said Huard on College Football Live. "More money is (now) coming to the SEC, more money is going to come to the Big Ten with their new deal.”

Huard says the SEC is on top, with the Big Ten having overtaken the Pac-12 headed into the 2016 season.

"The Big Ten has got the power brokers of head coaches,” said Huard. “And you're going to lose seven starting quarterbacks in the (Pac-12) conference. As I look to next season, I think it's the SEC, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, who did not capitalize in their real window of opportunity.”

Fellow ESPN analyst Andre Ware alongside Huard went even further. He said the Big Ten or Big 12 are second/third heading into the 2016 season, with the Pac-12 now fourth.

--Returning Pac-12 starting QBs in 2016: Washington State’s Luke Falk, Arizona’s Anu Solomon, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Colorado’s Sefo Liufau, Washington’s Jake Browning.

--Pac-12 schools replacing their starting QB in 2016:  Cal, USC, ASU, Oregon, Stanford, Utah, Oregon State.

--In the bowl games this past season, the Pac-12 went 6-4 while the SEC went 8-2. The Big Ten was 5-5.  Washington State, Stanford, Cal, Utah, Arizona and Washington won their bowls, while USC, Oregon, UCLA and ASU lost.

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