It's been a long time, but with the launch of College Football, it's time for my annual pac-10 predictions, but first, a comment about recent games-
NCAA Football - Great game, but why get rid of a lot of the great stadium effects? Also, people complaining about the difficulty and turnovers... the game is just making you play it like football and not an arcade game. If you want arcade football, go play a 2K football game.
BioShock- The actual gameplay is mediocre, but that is so secondary to everything else. That being said, I am not sure I would want to see too much more without a much better.
Anyways, on to the PAC-10
1) USC - Possibly best team talent wise in history. That being said, OL has to prove it, and the WR core needs to really step up. Defense has more talent and more top-20 picks then any other before it though.
Note here, after USC, I can make a legitimate argument for all teams 2-8 to be in any order...
2) UCLA - Great DL, Great D, mediocre QB, mediocre OL, decent WR, mediocre Coach. That being said, I will take the D to keep them in it early and the O to put it together late.
3) cal - Good OL, Good RB, Ok QB, great on-field WR, average to above average D. I think keeping a real identity this year will help, but I see them loosing to Tenn, USC, and probably at least one more game.
4) Zona - The talent has to mature at some point, right? Team has underperformed the past two years, but they are now juniors and seniors as opposed to fresh/soph.
5) Ore - would be above Zona if not for DL problems. Good WR core, great RB, average rest of O, good Secondary, Good Coach.
6) OSU - Assuming they get a WR core, they have the second best coach in the PAC-10 and always over perform.
7) Wazzu - Doba always pulls a miracle.
8) ASU - Read opposite of Wazzu. They always underperforms their offense, and this year, with as good as the PAC-10 is, I see them going on a negative roll
9/10 -Stan/Wash - Who ever wins against the other. Two rebuilding programs, two different directions. Stanford was worse the Wash last year, but won. Washington has the QB controversy, mediocre OL play, mediocre everything...
On Stanford... Stanford could be improved everywhere and lose every game this year. That's a reflection of how bad they were last year, and how tough the schedule is for them. They play the PAC-10 (best conference, don't give me crap about the over rated SEC, a conference that plays 82% of their games in the south) . I really like Harbaugh, and the new coaches. I like the attitude, I love the fact that he calls people out (by the way, Mich and Cal, you never actually argued the point he made, just that he made it and who is he to make it). I do think that TCO and Sherman will have big years, and that Stanford will at least score a little bit. That being said, the talent level continues to drop, so who knows...