ESPN.com is rolling out its top-25 "power rankings," and two Pac-12 teams rank from Nos. 25-21.
Here's what Pedro Moura of ESPNLA wrote about No. 25 USC:
The last time the Trojans did as poorly as their 8-5 finish in 2010, it was Pete Carroll's first year on the job and George W. Bush was just getting the hang of his White House post. 2001 seems a long time ago. Luckily for second-year coach Lane Kiffin, Carroll set a precedent for transitioning from first-year mediocrity to second-year dominance, going from 6-6 to 11-2 in two seasons. Such a meteoric improvement might be a little out of reach for a team that lost two early-entry players to the NFL draft, but the talented (and optimistic) tandem of quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods insists otherwise, and the two should be able to lead USC to some success in 2011.
And here's what Bruce Feldman wrote about No. 21 Arizona State:
If Brock Osweiler plays as well in 2011 as he did in the final two games of 2010, Dennis Erickson's job at ASU will be safe. In fact, his team will surge into the top 20. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior QB had a 5-0 TD-INT ratio and ran for almost 100 yards, leading ASU to a pair of wins to finish an otherwise underwhelming season. Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is enamored with Osweiler's leadership skills and his surprisingly nimble footwork. That should come in handy on a team ranked 95th in sacks allowed. Better still, the Sun Devils have a potentially nasty D led by LB Vontaze Burfict and DE Junior Onyeali. The other big question: Can ASU cut down on the knucklehead mistakes (no Pac-10 team committed more penalties)? If so, this will be the South's rep in the Pac-12 title game.
The rollout also includes video of players and ESPN analysts, including yours truly.