Don’t look now, but the Pac-10 is making its presence felt once again this bowl season.
Seven teams from one of the most underrated conferences in the NCAA reached bowl eligibility and they will all strive to maintain the dominance the conference demonstrated last year.
Unbeknownst to many, the Pac-10 threw down a perfect strike last bowl season.
All five teams that went bowling came home a victor. Despite this remarkable task, they still were not able to sway the minds of those who frequently question this conference's strength.
In 2008-09, the Trojans, Bears, Ducks, Beavers, and Wildcats combined for 138 points for and only allowed 93. With this year’s additions of the high-powered Cardinal offense and the tactically superior UCLA defense, teams facing the Pac-10 should be prepared to end this season on a sour note.
But will back-to-back perfect bowl seasons convince college football fans who stubbornly refuse to give the Pac-10 serious respect?
Honestly, a repeat perfect mark isn’t completely unthinkable. But the Conference of Champions will definitely have their hands full.
While there are many formidable opponents on this year’s list that are more than capable of delivering a blow to another perfect bowl seasn record, it should also be interesting to see if any of these Pac-10 teams fall into the “We are too good for this bowl game” trap and ruin it for the rest of us…you know who you are.
This first week of Pac-10 Bowl play has several times capable of falling into that trap.
Let’s see who is on tap for this week’s Pac-10 Bowl games