A few of the top teams maybe, but by and large the conference doesn't have the top to bottom talent of the SEC or the Big 12.
I'd have to disagree. USC has had more talent than any team in the country the last few years, on both sides of the ball. They don't get the recognition because most of the country is asleep when they are playing. I think you have to consider the fact that the SEC doesn't play everyone in their conference each year and that makes for a nice road to the title game. When Florida goes undefeated and doesn't play either of the top 2 other teams in the conference it's pretty weak, then in the title game they get owned by Bama.
This year in the Pac you only find one pushover and thats WSU, every other team is capable of winning on any given Saturday. Hell, one of the worst teams in the conference, UCLA, smashed on Texas but because of preseason hype Texas was somehow #7 in the country?
For a while it seemed every player on USC's team was going to be in the pros. They had 3 linebackers from one team starting in the NFL. You don't see that type of talent everywhere. Oregon State, yes little old Oregon State has quite a few guys in the NFL from recent years, on both sides of the ball.
People give the SEC too much credit. I think most years they are the best conference but the PAC10 is not far behind and they are certainly more talented than the Big 10 and 12. Top to bottom this year I think the PAC10 matches up well with the SEC but they don't get the hype.
They produce some of the best QBs in the country and at least 4 QBs currently in the conference will be playing in the NFL soon.