Long maligned as a pushover conference in college football, the PAC-10 is storming into the 2007 season with a vengeance. Cal improved its record to 2-0 today with a win against scrappy Colorado State (who kept it interesting, scoring two TDs a minute apart with 3:00 minutes to play to close within 6), Washington broke Fiesta Bowl champ Boise State's 14-game winning streak, and Oregon has continued the dogpile in Ann Arbor started by Appalachian State last week.
Bottom line: PAC-10 teams are 10-3 in non-conference games so far -- including several victories against supposedly "storied" programs -- and has three teams in the top 13. Given the PAC-10's "round robin" schedule (meaning each team will face the other nine in regular season play), USC has a much tougher schedule than LSU, West Virginia, or even Florida.
Take that, SEC! :-)