Favored Trojans will face multiple Pac-10 challenges

The Pac-10 spotlight still shines on USC, but a number of factors figure to create an offseason of high expectations throughout the conference.

Originally Published: May 4, 2007
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com

The Pac-10 was arguably the nation's best conference in 2000, when three teams finished ranked in the final top seven of the AP poll. In 2002, it may have been the nation's deepest conference with eight teams boasting winning records and two playing in BCS bowl games.

The other five seasons of the 21st century? Nah. Read: Mostly fair to middling.

Don't be shocked, however, if 2007 produces a blend of these banner seasons. As spring practices conclude, the Pac-10 appears ...

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