In case you missed it, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 basically came up empty in marquee games over the weekend, which damaged the short term, if not the long term, playoff options for those leagues.

The SEC West (what a surprise) and the upper echelon of the Atlantic Coast Conference also showed up for their big games.

And, so did the top half of the Big 12. And that, folks, is worth examining in more detail. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.