My pre-Championship NCAA Conference assessment.
Some may not agree and it is a bitter pill to swallow, but this is how it seems the five BCS Conferences rank. To me, the winner of the Alabama vs. Clemson game won't affect the list.
3-4.) Big 10 and Big 12/Big12 and Big 10, depending on where your loyalty lies.
5.) PAC 10.
In the coming years, absent any meaningful inter-Conference play, I can't foresee any big changes in this alignment. Talent tends to be heading to the Southeast and the West Coast/Southwest schools seem to suffer the most. My hunch is that as long as "money" is the controller there won't be change in the current format. We had all better get used to seeing repeats of next weeks game in varying incarnations with occasional appearances by Big 10/Big 12 Teams. I am not thrilled about that but it is all we have.
I will add that although I don't like Notre Dame I think they are the lone school that actually puts their reputation on the line. They seem to be the only school, by virtue of their history and Independent status, that is willing to play the better Teams in the five major Conferences. They should be congratulated for that.