There were two major preseason stories in the Pac-10:
Could a conference team become a national title contender? Has the Northwest taken over the conference?
The answers just past midseason are: No and apparently not.
Of the six Bowl Championship Series conferences, only the Pac-10 hasn't celebrated a national championship over the past five seasons. The Pac-10 hasn't won a consensus national title since USC did in 1972, though it split crowns three times (USC, 1974, '78; ...
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