BERKELEY -- After three games as coach at Cal, Sonny Dykes is convinced the Pac-12 Conference can stand up to any league in the country.

That includes the mighty Southeastern Conference, which has won seven straight national championships.

"Personally, I think it's as good a league as there is," Dykes said Tuesday, when asked for his evaluation of the Pac-12 during a coaches teleconference. "I'll probably have my house fire bombed for saying that. But I feel like it's as solid top to bottom as anybody."

For several years, there has been little argument that the SEC -- with Alabama leading the way -- is the nation's top conference.

"I certainly can see why people have that perception ... they've won six, seven national championships in a row," Dykes said. "I'm not sure that's necessarily how you judge a league.

"To me, you judge it on the teams in the middle of the league and in the bottom half. There's a reason teams have lost games in this conference."

The Pac-12 got a statement performance on Saturday from No. 2 Oregon, which routed Tennessee of the SEC 59-14. But that was a mismatch of an upper-echelon Pac-12 team vs. a lesser SEC club.

The ledger is even because the SEC's Auburn beat Washington State 31-24 on the opening weekend of the season.

By any other measure, so far, the SEC would appear to have a slight upper hand.

Seven SEC teams are ranked in the AP Top-25, with No. 1 Alabama among five in the top 12. The Pac-12 has five representatives in the poll, including No. 5 Stanford.

Both teams have shredded their nonconference opponents, Pac-12 teams compiling a 23-4 mark outside the league, SEC clubs going 22-6. Cal is the only Pac-12 team with a losing record; three of 14 SEC teams are below .500.

Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings have four SEC teams -- Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU -- among the nation's top six, and only one higher than No. 50. Oregon, at No. 2, is the only Pac-12 team in Sagarin's top 10, and three are ranked beyond the top-50.

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