Pac-10 headed for a down year

There are numerous publications and such that are predicting Arizona to have a successful year and with good reason. However, while much of the focus surrounds the UA's easy out of conference schedule, many people seem afraid to mention the fact that the Pac-10 is weak this year.

There are numerous publications and such that are predicting Arizona to have a successful year and with good reason. However, while much of the focus surrounds the UA's easy out of conference schedule, many people seem afraid to mention the fact that the Pac-10 is weak this year.

Obviously USC is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, but even the Trojans have their weaknesses. For instance, Mitch Mustain looks as if he will be starting the season opener.

While we like Mustain, he still has not played competitive football in quite sometimes and going up against Ohio State definitely is not a warm welcome.

Should USC falter against Ohio State, the hit of confidence could have lingering effects. That is not to mention the fact that the Trojans are lacking in terms of wideouts to go along with Mustain.

Many people like Oregon and Arizona State as well but, once again, there are many questions. With Oregon, people are underestimating the loss of Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart.

Yes, Oregon still has offensive talent and a great system. However, there is much to be said for experience and the fact that both were arguably the best in the country at their positions.

Arizona State is in a similar position not necessarily in terms of talent but because the offensive line is severely lacking. With transfers, injuries, and newcomers, the Sun Devils' offensive line is putrid. Remember, this is the same line that let Rudy Carpenter act as a punching bag for much of the season

Cal is another squad that people are high on but we just can not see why. The offense should be decent but DeSean Jackson was pretty darn good and the defense lost numerous starters.

The Golden Bears have been a bit overrated in the past few years and we see no difference heading into next season.

Moving along, UCLA and Oregon State are going to have a very tough year. Both lack offensive talent and good coaching can only take mediocre talent so far. When both of these teams win games it is going to largely be in part to the talent, not because of the major talent that both squads have.

Lastly, there are the bottom three teams in Washingon, Stanford, and Washington State. These three teams are not going to be good at all and for much of the conference, should be automatic wins, thus setting up a successful season for the UA.

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