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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops made some critical comments recently about the SEC and the idea that the conference is significantly better than the rest of college football, and in particular Stoops' home, the Big 12. "You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?" Stoops asked. "What'd we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year?" So we'll ask you, SportsNation. How do the SEC and Big 12 stack up heading into the 2013 season? Click the logos to set your ballot.

Playbook's DJ Gallo looks at some key criteria in the Big 12 vs. SEC debate

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The SEC has six of its members ranked in the preseason college football coaches' poll, led by LSU and Alabama, who sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Will the Tigers retain their crown as conference champions? Where will the league's newest members, Missouri and Texas A&M, fall? Click the team logos to set your rankings!

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2012 SEC football teams

Alabama

Alabama

2011 overall: 12-1
2011 SEC: 7-1

Arkansas

Arkansas

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Auburn

Auburn

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 SEC: 4-4

Florida

Florida

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 3-5

Georgia

Georgia

2011 overall: 10-4
2011 SEC: 7-1

Kentucky

Kentucky

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

LSU

LSU

2011 overall: 13-1
2011 SEC: 8-0

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 2-6

Missouri

Missouri

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Big 12: 5-4

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

2011 overall: 2-10
2011 Big 12: 0-8

South Carolina

South Carolina

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Tennessee

Tennessee

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 1-7

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 4-5

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Vanderbilt

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for Fresno State at No. 4 Boise State!

Ryan (Medford)

What 2 teams would you like to see in the National Championship?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

I'd like to see Boise State, because I want to end this debate once and for all. They brought back 21 starters. They haven't lost in two years. They have a Heisman candidate at QB. They have good players on the defensive side. They won't be the same team next year. The only starter they lost was Kyle Wilson. I want to see this Boise State team, who beat TCU last year in a bowl game. I would like to settle this argument once and for all, against another undefeated team. Obviously, if Auburn and Oregon win out, they play for the title. If Auburn loses, the debate is does a one-loss SEC team trump an undefeated TCU or Boise State? The best matchup would be Boise State against Auburn or Boise State against Oregon. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 8 Nebraska at No. 19 Texas A&M

Melissa (Nebraska)

Nebrask's offense seems so vanilla. Do you think Watson has something he's holding back or the offense is what it is? Bo wants the fans to cheer but there isn't much to cheer about except the defense.

Dave Ubben
Dave Ubben

A valid point about the crowd. Not much to cheer about: weak opponent, a coach they liked. I can't blame the Nebraska fans there. As for the offense, it knows it didn't need to hang a lot of points to win, and the Huskers didn't want to give opponents a chance to hit Taylor Martinez any more than necessary. A solid gameplan but not one that's going to give you a raucous crowd. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 13 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi St.!

Jeff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)

What's your Prediction on the Arkansas Mississippi State Game?

Chris Low
Chris Low

I think the Hogs will pull away in the second half. I just don't see Mississippi State being able to score enough points to win this game. Plus, Arkansas' defense is playing a lot better this season. Full transcript

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 1 Oregon at California

Jonathan (NYC)

Mel, what do you think of LaMichael James' NFL draft prospects if he were to decide to leave early this year? Is he a first-round talent in this year's draft? And If he were to come back to Oregon, what does he need to work on to improve his position?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

He's a third-year sophomore. Second highest rated running back that is draft eligible behind Ingram. Great quickness and power for his size. His main thing right now is staying healthy so he can prove his durability. He has to show he can be more than a situational performer at the next level. He only has eight receptions this year out of the backfield, so that is something to watch. At the pro level he will need to be more of a factor in the passing game. He will also need to factor into the return game which he hasn't done in college. But he is a big-time talent. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for Georgia at No. 2 Auburn

Alex (Columbia, SC)

I saw that Auburn almost overtook Oregon in the BCS. Do you see them taking the Number 1 position back?

Brad Edwards
Brad Edwards

No, I don't. This was a result of TCU's big win jumping them over Oregon in several computers, thus causing the Ducks to weaken in the computer element. Oregon has a much stronger schedule than TCU the rest of the way and should regain that ground in the computers. The only way Oregon falls from No. 1 in the BCS is if it loses a lot of its first-place votes in the polls. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 19 Mississippi State at No. 12 Alabama

Jamie (Provo, UT)

Do you believe Miss. State will beat Alabama this Saturday?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

Yes. I think this will be a real gut check for Alabama. The Tide isn't going to win the national championship. They're playing a team with a lot of emotion after the death of Nick Bell. Full transcript

Game 4: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 23 South Carolina at No. 22 Florida

Mike (Pageland, SC)

The Gamecocks travel to Gainesville this weekend to try and win their first SEC East title. How do you like their chances after the beat down from Arkansas last weekend?

Beano Cook
Beano Cook

Number one, that game meant nothing. I agree that South Carolina should have played a little better. I am rooting for South Carolina and Steve Spurrier, but I think Florida will win. It would be ironic if Florida and Auburn met for the SEC title! Full transcript

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This is one of the few moves we didn't hear rumored at some point during the conference realignment frenzy of the spring and early summer. But putting aside the brutal travel schedule, how would Boise State fare as a football-playing member of the SEC?

Why do we ask? Well, it's July and we're having a hard time getting worked up about the Tour de France. But also because you asked. Specifically, Aaron from Fort Benning, Ga. asked (sort of) when ESPN.com SEC blogger Chris Low stopped by to chat Monday.

Aaron (Ft. Benning, Ga)

If Boise State goes undefeated this year and plays in the NC Game, creates a bunch of noise by winning 2 games against BCS teams, Do they need to play an SEC team for the nation to agree with a title for Boise State, (if they won)?

SEC blogger Chris Low
Chris Low

My stance on Boise State hasn't changed. Chris Petersen has done a terrific job and proven that Boise State can stand toe-to-toe with just about anybody in the country in a one-game situation. But if Boise State were in the SEC, I think they would be an 8-4 or 9-3 type team most years. That doesn't diminish what they've accomplished, but is something to think about when we start throwing national championship scenarios out there. Full transcript

So what about it, SportsNation? In another chat, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach joined many in ranking Boise State's opener against Virginia Tech as one of the games of the year. But what if instead of a few high-profile games early in the season against the likes of Virginia Tech and Oregon State, Boise State played at Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee, as Ole Miss will in a 36-day stretch this fall? Could Kellen Moore and Boise State compete?

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