The two top conferences on paper heading into the 2014 football season are the Southeastern conference and the Pac-12 Conference. Moreover, the two best divisions in college football are the Pac-12 North and the SEC West as at least half of the four playoff teams should come from these two divisions this season. Starting with who Washington would play here is a mock example of a Pac-12 North/SEC West Challenge for the 2014 season.
Texas A&M at Washington: This game would be a matchup of two teams breaking in starting quarterbacks with something to prove. With the way the Aggies travel you would have a guaranteed sellout providing an electric atmosphere. The experience of the Huskies defensively could be the difference against Texas A&M along with the home field advantage of Husky Stadium.
Alabama at Oregon: These two teams would make for some fun television. The speed and efficiency of quarterback Marcus Mariota for the Ducks going up against power of the Crimson Tide. The Oregon style offensively would be a tremendous challenge for Nick Saban to modernize his way of thinking after seeing his defense get tested to the hilt by the Ducks.
Stanford at Auburn: These two teams would be another great contrasts of styles as the Cardinal might as well be an honorary member of the SEC with the physicality of their play. The Tigers play fast but physical with their run-oriented high tempo offense. This would be a great test for Stanford to go into Jordan-Hare Stadium and try to impose their will on Auburn.
Oregon State at LSU: This would be a rematch of an epic contest from back in 2004 at Tiger Stadium where Beaver placekicker Alexis Serna missed three extra points in a 22-21 overtime loss. LSU is notoriously tough in Baton Rouge especially at night. This scenario would probably be the biggest challenge for the Pac-12 North to get a victory.
California at Mississippi State: The Bulldogs and Golden Bears should be able to put up some points in this matchup. The Mississippi State defense would most likely be the difference in slowing down the Cal offense.
Ole Miss vs. Washington State in Seattle: These two teams with veteran quarterbacks in Bo Wallace and Connor Halliday would be able to go toe to toe with each other. The Cougars would be able to get Century Link Field sold out with the way Ole Miss fans like to travel. This potentially could be one of the best games with two teams and coaches in Hugh Freeze and Mike Leach with a lot to prove to the nation.