i'll start with my thoughts based on what we have seen so far in week 1: stanford: i am already tired of the cm hype. every time i see the kid, i think "traitor!"-- i know i shouldn't but that's just how it is. they looked pretty good as a team and the strength of the north. washington: solid. they looked really solid. rutgers isn't good but they have some guys. oregon: that was davis they were playing and who rang them up on the scoreboard. they are beatable for sure. oregon state: thanks for dealing the conference a black eye. minnesota isn't good. washington state: the pirate just lost to a junior, junior league team. he walks the plank sooner rather than later. cal: davis webb did what they wanted him to do. but, again, they reinforce league stereotypes by letting hawaii score over 30 points. i think they are going to be an uneven team this year. usc: ahahahahahaha. viscerally, i enjoy the beat-down they just took but that doesn't help our conference rep at all. the sec got generally thumped this weekend and a usc upset could have helped our collective brand. not a good loss, but usc has bodies. they will improve even with the controversies. ucla: this is just ucla being ucla. it doesn't matter who coaches them and it doesn't matter that they have a heisman hyped player again. they always step on their own dicks when people think they are going to contend. again, they have a lot of athletes and will be dangerous, but they are beatable. arizona state: america's stripper u had a serviceable game 1 and they are going to contend for the south. but, like the rest of the south, they have gaps. arizona: great, again, another black eye, losing to a not-good byu team... thanks for the help, mildcats. utah: ok, i watched a good amount of their game. they look big, fast, and disciplined. as of right now, i'd have to put them as the south favorites as much as that hurts. they don't have the star power of usc and ucla so i think the press is overlooking them a bit. we are going to have to work to beat them, but they are beatable. a few breaks the right way and we could find ourselves in the conf. champ. game, theoretically. the south appears wide open. i would think stanford comes out of the north, but every p12 team seems to manage to lose a game it shouldn't when it is trying to make a case for the playoffs.