Pac-10 finally grabbing spotlight
Saturday's Cal-USC matchup gives the Pac-10 a chance to showcase its two best QBs and two best teams.
- Hell just froze over! The Pac-10 will be at the center of the college football universe when No. 1 USC hosts No. 7 Cal on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). How big is this game? GameDay will be there. Chris, Lee and Kirk will endure ungodly wake-up calls to meet the show's 7:30 a.m. West Coast start.
This kind of event happens regularly in the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC. But it almost never happens in the Pac-10. A Pac-10 regular-season game has not generated such buzz in a long time. Blame it on the East Coast bias or the conference's refusal to acknowledge that defense is actually a part of the game.
If the East Coast bias isn't dead, it's on life support. USC was voted co-national champs last year and the Trojans' Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. USC's return to prominence (and dominance) has generated more national interest in the Pac-10. Cal was the only team to defeat USC last year a 34-31 loss that cost the Trojans an undisputed national championship.
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