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Lots of Pac-10 up front

9/29/2010

It's Pac-10 day up front on ESPN.com, which is led off by Ivan Maisel's story on the conference's rise due to coaching.

There's my story on Oregon-Stanford. And another on USC's and UCLA's role-reversal.

Scouts Inc. takes a deeper look at Oregon-Stanford and makes a pick. KC Joyner takes a look at a potential weakness for Cardinal QB Andrew Luck.

This is an interesting Pac-10 vs. SEC debate with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo.

They match up the SEC side-by-side with the Pac-10 and say who'd they'd pick: Alabama-Oregon, Stanford-Florida, Auburn-Arizona, USC-LSU, Arkansas-UCLA, California-Kentucky, Mississippi State-Oregon State, Washington-Ole Miss and Tennessee-Washington State.

Van Pelt has 5-5. Russillo, 7-3 SEC.

First, an interjection: Ryen, Kentucky wouldn't beat Cal. In fact, if Cal played Kentucky 10 times, Cal would win nine. And that would be the case over the past eight seasons. Programs are not in the same class. Somebody probably will argue with that below. The only reply is: wrong.

But there's another major point: 12 teams vs. 10 teams. What would happen if you knocked off the SEC's No. 1 (Alabama) and No. 12 team (Vanderbilt) to make it a 10-team matchup?

Oregon over Florida, Stanford over Auburn, Arizona over LSU, USC over Arkansas, South Carolina over UCLA, Arizona State over Kentucky, Cal over Mississippi State, Oregon State over Ole Miss , Washington over Tennessee and Georgia over Washington State.

8-2 Pac-10. And a majority of those would be consensus picks supported by our friends in Vegas.

Just saying.