A little programming note: In the new Insider blog format, different elements will become weekly staples here. In-season, I am going to lead Thursdays with the predictions column. Out of season, I'm going with "The Matchup," in which I'll break down some head-to-head situation. I figured an ideal spot to start would be sizing up the (likely) two top conferences this fall, the SEC and the Big 12.
While working on ESPN The Magazine's college preview issue (on sale next week), I was speaking with an editor about the conference previews. He asked me in what order we should have the leagues set up. I automatically responded by saying "SEC, then Big 12, then " About an hour after the exchange, I found myself questioning what had seemed like a no-brainer:
Am I so sure that the SEC overall is going to be better than the Big 12 this year?
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