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.