A few short weeks ago, USC seemingly had its coronation as king of the west. Called that one a little early, did ya? Yeah, us too.
But who could really blame us? Stanford looked pitiful in a squeaker against lowly San Jose State to start the year. Oregon was racking up points in bunches, as usual, but somehow seems a half-step off from previous seasons. And the rest of the conference was, well, the rest of the conference.
Now, USC is a one-loss team, with Arizona, UCLA and Stanford joining the Trojans and Ducks in the Top 25.
It may be too soon to call Arizona or UCLA favorites in the South Division, but the new coaching blood has certainly invigorated both of those programs, and anything is possible now that USC has been bloodied.
Oregon is still the favorite in the North, but if the Cardinal can knock off a clearly favored USC, isn't it possible the Cardinal can do the same to Oregon? Too bad we'll have to wait until November 17 to find out.
But there's plenty to get excited about in the meantime, as the Pac-12 schedule begins in earnest in Week 4. By the time the sun rises next Sunday morning, we should have a clearer picture of which Pac-12 squads will be the ones to watch in the Rose Bowl race this season.