So to be clear, the PAC-10 is a good conference. It just is confusing.â†µ
There are four teams that clearly pass the eye test and look like they could win the conference (Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State, Arizona).â†µ
There is one team that looks good, but has a couple of puzzling losses (USC). Also, the Trojans are irrelevant because they are ineligible for postseason play.â†µ
There is one team that is hopeless (Washington State).â†µ
The rest are teams that boggle the minds of their fans (UCLA, California, ASU, Washington).â†µ
Just to get an idea of how wacky the season has been, look at the circle of wins. Oregon State beat Arizona and ASU but lost to Washington, who beat USC, but lost to ASU. Arizona miraculously pulled out a 10-9 win against California, who got waxed 48-14 by USC and , but beat UCLA, who has wins against Houston and Texas.â†µ
ASU hung tough with Oregon and was half a yard away from beating Wisconsin, who just knocked off Ohio State, who was the number one team in the country.â†µ
As the PAC-10 conference schedule is in full swing, we will learn more (or not) about who will rise above the pretenders, but for now, it is completely ok for fans (except for the miserable ones rooting for Washington State) to think that their team has a viable shot of a PAC-10 conference champ and a possible Rose Bowl berth, unless you like USC, in which case, you get bragging rights and nothing else.