Friday, July 30, 2010

The New and Improved Pac-10 Media Day(s)

The Pac-10 did their media days a little bit differently this year, starting with an east coast tour at the W in Manhatten, heading to Bristol, CT to ESPN's main camp, and ending at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (instead of the usual hotel near LAX). Their aim was to get more press nation-wide, and if that was the ultimate goal, it definitely worked.

East Coast: What basically came out of NYC was that Pac-10 Championship is wide open with USC not in the running and Jeremiah Masali from Oregon losing his eligibility. Those two are normally the top-ranked favorites, splitting the votes around 50/50. But ESPN.com Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller says this year, it's anyone's game to win and he wouldn't be surprised if schools that are normally eighth or ninth in the conference make it into the top half, or even the top third.

West Coast: The Rose Bowl is where everyone in the Pac-10 wants to be on January 1, 2011, but they all got a glimpse of the Granddaddy stadium during their media day in Pasadena.
  • UCLA: They're "focusing on themselves, not USC." Well awesome, because I'm really sick of hearing about them too.

  • Cal: As long as the Pac-12 divisions allow Cal to play the Southern Cal teams every year, they don't really care what comes of it. Listening to and reading about the Pac-10 media days actually makes me appreciate the Big 10 because GOD is the Pac-10 boring.

  • USC: They "can't comment on the Titans lawsuit" (obviously) and "people expect us to start crumbling right now with the sanctions (again, obviously, and I'd say people are more hoping than expecting).

  • Stanford: Easily my favorite team in the Pac-10, but not for any real reason. I did like Toby Gerhart though.

  • Oregon State: I think it's a little off that they were picked third, but whatever. Onto the next one.

  • Arizona: Totally didn't occur to me that head coach Mike Stoops was Sooner's head coach Bob Stoops' brother. Sort of like how I didn't know Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson were brothers until a few years ago. Oops. But I would love to see an Arizona/OU game.

  • Oregon: Don't even care who it is, so glad someone took USC's coveted number one spot in the Pac-10. They annoy the hell out of me, and I'm glad Oregon got the opportunity to take over. (Even though supposedly "pre-season rankings don't mean anything to Oregon. Yeah, okay.)

  • Washington State, Arizona State, and Washington: maybe you'll shake things up in the conference this year, but I doubt it. And I also doubt I will be paying much attention to your progress if you aren't ranked in the AP 25 poll.
However, since the Pac-10 pre-season polls are in, I thought I would share those with you:
  1. Oregon
  2. USC
  3. Oregon State
  4. Stanford
  5. Arizona
  6. Washington
  7. California
  8. UCLA
  9. Arizona State
  10. Washington State
While the media has correctly identified the champion 26/49 times, my votes vary slightly from their's...
  1. Oregon
  2. Stanford
  3. USC
  4. Arizona
  5. Oregon State
  6. California
  7. UCLA
  8. Washington
  9. Arizona State
  10. Washington State
Just going out on a limb here, I think that USC is going to be greatly impacted by the NCAA breathing down their neck with all of these sanctions. They are not going to be the team they used to be. I also will put Cal and UCLA over any team from the state of Washington any day.

I would imagine the Big 10 media days are in the near future so stay tuned!

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