I am going to cut it close to get all the conferences done in time for the start of the season. The next conference on my magical mystery tour is the PAC-10. USC has DOMINATED the conference this decade. That might not be the case this year, however. Here is how I see the PAC-10:
USC- Well this is the season that we find out if they really are the team of the decade. They named Matt Barkley the starting QB. Some people may not agree with this decision, but I will trust Pete Carroll on this one. They have three tough road games this year. They go to Ohio State, Cal, and Oregon. They might trip up in one of those games. If they do, it will be very interesting to see what happens. They might be able to get into the national championship game with one loss, but nothing is guaranteed. Pete Carroll will probably prove his worth again this year.
Oregon- This is probably the second best PROGRAM in the PAC-10. Mike Bellotti steps into the AD chair this year and Chip Kelly takes over. Jeremiah Masoli will probably be the starter. The key for this team is if they can find enough defense to stop USC and other teams in this conference. This could be the year that they topple the USC dynasty.
Oregon State- Well, they certainly changed things last year. Their upset of USC kept the Trojans from playing in the national championship game. Mike Riley has done a better job the second time at Oregon State. He should get them to another bowl game this year.
Cal- This is the year we find out about Kevin Riley. He has not been one of the better QBs that Jeff Tedford has coached. Cal went 9-4 last year. They should be about the same this year.
Arizona- Whew, that was close. Mike Stoops, by some accounts, saved his job last year getting to a bowl game. We will have a new QB after losing Willie Tuitama. A bowl game will be a great coaching job this year.
Arizona State- Well, that was a disappointment. Dennis Erickson did a great job in 2007 getting Arizona State to a bowl game. Last year said more about where this program is due to the lack of offensive line. A bowl game will be a good coaching job this year.
Stanford- Well, this could be a huge year. Stanford has not had sustained success since Ty Willingham left. Jim Harbaugh has done a great job improving Stanford to a point where they could get to a bowl game this year. It would be such a fine site to see them back in a a bowl game this year.
UCLA- Well, that stunk. Rick Neuheisel's first year really was over in Spring Practice. He lost his top two QBs to ACLs and had to put in Kevin Craft as the starter and had a bad season. This season, Kevin Prince is the starter and UCLA should get back to a bowl game.
Washington State- Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This program has not been the same since Mike Price left. Bill Doba was hired as the head coach, and he was not as successful. Last year really showed where the program is. Paul Wulff has quite a job ahead of him in a hard place to recruit. A bowl game is always a success here.
Washington- Wow, where has this team gone? Last year was probably the worst year in this program's history. Tyrone Willingham has not had the same success since he left Stanford for whatever reason. Steve Sarkisian is the new head coach and if he get four wins out of this team, he has done a great job.
Two more conferences left. Please don't leave yet!!