Much has been made about the Pac-10's transformation off the field, but that pales in comparison to the progress the conference has made on the field in 2010.
The traditional transition of power occurs in January. But now is the time to analyze the candidates and major issues. Let the debate on the 2008 season begin.
It's been a long time since USC was out of the national championship picture. But with a convincing 24-17 defeat of the Trojans, Oregon served notice that there is a new regime in the Pac-10 -- and possibly the nation.