Five Pac-10 Games You Need to Watch in 2010

Caleb M.@MouthoftheQuackAnalyst IFebruary 22, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks stands on the sidelines during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It's the sad part of the year for college football fans as we await the new season, trying to think of ways to amuse ourselves.

The new season is closer than we think, though, with spring games right around the corner...

The season opener for the Pac-10 will be USC at Hawaii, Sept. 2, on ESPN. It may not be that exciting, but it marks the start of the Pac-10 year.

While we anxiously await the new season, here are the five biggest games you have to look forward to.


Oregon State at TCU, Saturday, Sept. 4

This will either be a huge blowout like the Boise State-Oregon game last year or one of the greatest games of the year. 

TCU has a monster of an offense with Andy Dalton returning, as well as most of the offensive line. The running game is questionable, but with Dalton and wideout Jeremy Kerley running the show...who needs a running back?

OSU will have a tough time breaking through the offensive line. However, it's the passing game that will be the biggest question for the Beavers in this one. Sean Canfield is gone, and the backup is no-name Ryan Katz. 

The Rodgers and Rodgers from Oregon State will have to really light 'em up for the Beavs to win this one.

TCU 34, OSU 28


UCLA at Texas, Saturday, Sept. 25

This one will show whether Texas still has it, and if UCLA has anything. 

Rick Neuheisel really has something to prove after that stellar recruiting class. Will it pay off? Do the Bruins have what it takes to be a top-tier team?

Look for UCLA's secondary to shut down Garrett Gilbert, and Texas to do the same to Kevin Prince.

Texas has a whole lot of questions heading into 2010-11, and UCLA may be able to take advantage here. 

Texas 27, UCLA 24 


Oregon at USC, Saturday, Oct. 30

Nearly a year since "Fright Night," these two are at it again. USC will be bloodthirsty seeking revenge, while Oregon looks to continue its winning streak against the Trojans.

Matt Barkley will be much improved, and the offensive line is starting to look like a bunch of All-Americans. If Oregon doesn't find a way to break through, it could be a long game.

Likewise, with all the defensive stars gone, USC will definitely be targeted in the backfield. The passing games from both teams will be the key in the first of (hopefully) many Lane Kiffin vs. Chip Kelly rivalries.

Oregon 37, USC 34 (OT?)


Washington at Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 6

This...though I hate to admit it...will be the shocker of the year. Washington will be coming in with 11 (yes, 11) returning offensive starters. The whole crew is back. And only two are missing on defense. Oh dear...

Steve Sarkisian will have a more seasoned defense to work with and will definitely be able to challenge the Ducks this time around.

The defensive line looks to be the weak spot for the Ducks, and Chris Polk will have to take full advantage. He got in some monster runs last year...unfortunately, I see that happening again. 

Coming in 8-0 (yes, the Ducks will start off 8-0), the Ducks will be cocky. It's their nature. 

Jeremiah Masoli will be more experienced, sure, but Jake Locker needs to go out with a bang at Washington. A win over Oregon would be huge, and unfortunately...I think it'll happen. 

There will be a lot of rushing yards and tough defense as the rivalry is finally turned back the Dawgs' way.

Washington 27, Oregon 26


Oregon at Oregon State, Saturday, Dec. 4

Finishing off the list is the Civil War. Another War for the Roses? Quite possibly. 

Following a loss to Washington, Oregon should bounce back marvelously against California and Arizona...making them 10-1 going into the Civil War. Will they get cocky again? 

Oregon State always starts off slow and ends strong, and this may finally be the Beavers' year. Although they have a new quarterback, the Rodgers brothers and a strong defense are back.

Oregon thought they had the season all wrapped up against the Beavers last year and just about lost. This year the game is in Corvallis, and the Beavers want payback.

Look for a tough physical game, with Oregon getting the advantage through the running game and a better defense.

Oregon 37, Oregon State 30


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