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.
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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