Root, it looked that way early on, but the conference has moderated a lot in recent weeks. UW and UO are for real, beyond that Arizona has come on latelyNot respecting the PAC 12 this year is silly. They are a good conference.
For example, prior ranked P12 teams, USC, Utah, UCLA, and WSU are now 7-5, 7-4, 7-4, and 5-6 respectively. Neither Utah nor UCLA have beaten a team that is still ranked. USC hasn't beaten a ranked team, period. WSU somehow managed to beat OSU before losing 6 IAR, however, they also beat Wiscy early, but Wiscy is now 6-5, just like us.
Their two pretty-good teams are Arizona and OSU. Arizona has come on lately, but that surge includes wins over WSU (unranked 5-6), UCLA (now unranked 7-4), and Utah (now unranked 7-4). They, like WSU, managed to beat OSU. However, OSU, like Utah and UCLA, hasn't beaten a team that is still ranked.
I will say this: The P12 is better this year than in previous years, with both UW and UO having great seasons. Can those two top dogs stand up to the likes of UGA, Bama, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, FSU, and/or Louisville? I dunno. Beyond that, I think the second tier of any other conference just might have their way with OSU and Arizona. That would be NCSU and UNC in the ACC, Missouri and Ole Miss in the SEC, Penn State and Iowa in the B1G, and OSU and KSU in the B12. Perhaps the bowls will tell us.