Behind the Bracket: The Mild West

Reports of the Pac-10's demise have been exaggerated -- barely

Updated: January 11, 2010, 5:08 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider

There will be considerable hand-wringing Monday about the Pac-10's showing up with only one team in the field. While this is certainly notable -- as well as unprecedented for a BCS conference in the 64/65-team era -- I believe it is highly unlikely to remain this dire for the league. Consider the perfect storm of events required for Monday's outcome: