Football: Pac-10 ballot — No. 1

No. 1: USC. While the Trojans may enter this season with more uncertainty than usual, no other Pac-10 team has improved enough to make a sound argument it can dethrone USC. The Trojans still are the most talented team in the Pac-10. The question is how much inexperience at some key positions will negatively affect them. USC has to replace many key parts to one of the best defenses college football has ever seen, but it’s not like those holes are being filled with walk-ons. USC will once again field a talented defense. And although the Trojans will be breaking in a new quarterback, the offense has experience and is loaded at running back. The competition among talented players for key spots, combined with the expectations and culture surrounding the program, should help offset the inexperience and result in yet another Pac-10 championship for USC.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • iamalcindor

    It’s between Oregon and SUC, JO. You will be exposed for ranking Oregon #4, little OSU #3, UW #9 and pucla very high.

  • Jethro

    I agree $C is down this year, but it will still take a little luck to dethrone them. They play Cal and Oregon on the road, and I think they lose one of those games. If they lose two, then there is a chance that Cal or Oregon could go to the Rose Bowl.

    I don’t see SC losing any of there other Pac-10 games because they play all of the other teams that could possibly beat them at home (Stanfurd, OSU, UCLA, Az).

    It would take a huge upset (maybe as big as the Furd upset a couple of years ago) for ASU or Wash to beat them on the road.

  • 66Bear

    I still feel good about the Bears’ prospects this year, and not just based on my heart. I still think that Riley has gotten a bad rap, that he and Coach Tedford will get their mojo working this year, and that the Bears are going to play great. Recall that when Longshore got injured in the first game in 2005(?) and Ayoob too over at quarterback until near the end of the season, at the beginning of the U$C game, the Bears looked good enough to beat U$C until Ayoob went into one of his downward spirals and pulled down the team and the home crowd. If Riley keeps the turnovers to a minimum and plays well enough to keep the run defense honest, the Bears will be very good, indeed. If Riley plays great, as he is capable of doing in my estimation, the Bears will do great. 🙂