Before we begin, please allow me start off with a few apologies.
I'm sorry Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington. Oh yeah, you too Washington State. I would love to include you guys in the title if I could, but it just isn't the year.
The Pac-10 is looking to make headlines nationally this year due to the abundance of returning talent throughout the entire conference.
Each team I mentioned above may be returning key players, or have a new crop of talent that has been waiting in the wings, but this is not the year for a surprise team.
The Bears, Trojans, and both Oregon schools return big-time play makers, solid role players, and highly touted recruits that will get a chance to shine.
On top of this, each of these four teams is ranked in the AP top 25 poll.
Obviously, the Trojans are the cream of the crop in the Pac-10 and are the team to beat until proven otherwise.
The Ducks are a trendy pick to win the conference,as they possess two Heisman hopefuls.
The Bears return the nation's leading rusher in Jahvid Best, and 14 other returning starters.
The Beavers boast two proven quarterbacks and the Rodgers brothers, two of the conference's most exciting players.
Each team can make a legitimate argument on why they will end up in the Rose Bowl.
The rest of the Pac-10 teams are not quite (very far for some) in the Rose Bowl conversation.
Anyways, please keep in mind that nothing is impossible in the Pac-10 and that nothing should be taken for granted.
But I am ignoring that phrase as I rank, preview and predict for each team in the Pac-10.
I started this a few days ago, and 3,569 words later: my fingers are about to fall off, my brain is dead, and my eyes are sick of looking at this screen.
Anyways, hope you enjoy.