Pac-10 Preview Archie, This will need to be cleaned up. I am freaking tired. 2008 Pac-10 College Football Preview The Pac-10 is a league with many faces. You have a few teams headed in the right direction, a few teams headed in the wrong direction, and a few teams reloading for a run to the top. But with half the league featuring new coaches (Cal, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington State), anything could happen. Change can often bring surprising and entertaining results. Coaching Changes Cal -- New coach Cole Manchu takes over for quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, who left unexpectedly to coach alma mater Fresno State. Coach Manchu looks to get Cal over the hump that Tedford never quite could scale. USC ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ After Pete Caroll tired of Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg hanging around, new coach Shaun Mason takes over a loaded USC squad. A tireless recruiter who previously was an assistant coach for Nick Saban, Mason hopes to continue the recruiting success of Pete Caroll. UCLA ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ After Rick Neuheisel was fired two weeks into his tenure for betting on the UCLA water polo team, assistant coach Lon G. Horn was promoted to head coach. Neuheisal was expected to bring great things to the program so coach Horn will have high expectations in the coming years. Oregon ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Two days after head coach Mike Bellotti bolted for the French countryside, head coach in waiting Chip Kelly abruptly announced he was joining the staff of the Washington Redskins. After a lengthy search, Bas Izfouraday was selected to lead the Ducks. After the success of last season, it will be hard to maintain the programs momentum. Washington State ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Former Husky Paul Wulff replaces Bill Doba, who did not reach a bowl game in four of five seasons in Pullman. Wulff is a former college center who looks to turn around the recent misfortune of his alma mater. USC Trojans The Trojans are the powerhouse of the Pac-10, and look to continue that way. They just keep reloading. While some positions lost players to the NFL, the Trojan have depth at virtually every position. Offense After losing most of their starting offensive line, the Trojans look to develop a solid line. It may take a few weeks for the offensive line to jell. The Trojans are loaded at quarterback, where they have three quarterbacks that could start anywhere. It is the same situation at tailback, where they have half a decade worth of Parade All-Americans suiting up. Look for a thunder and lightning approach ala Reggie Bush and Lendale White. Wide receiver is the weakest position on the team. There is plenty of talent, but no clear superstar. Look for Patrick Turner to gain some confidence. The tight end position has a couple of possible starters, neither with any real experience. Defense Ouch. That is what you can expect to hear from opponents. Despite having three high profile draft picks in April, the projected starters are all extremely solid. Linebacker Rey Maualuga could be the best linebacker not in the NFL. The secondary is lead by freak of nature Taylor Mays. He runs like a corner and hits like a linebacker. The other positions in the secondary are likely to be NFL prospects as well. Outlook USC is the cream of the crop, especially with their favorable schedule. They will be tested early in the year when the Ohio State Buckeyes come to visit. Baring an upset, this team could contend for a national championship. Arizona State Sun Devils It only took one year for Dennis Erickson to change the attitude of the Sun Devils. Last year they sniffed the Rose Bowl, and they are hungry to reach that goal. Offense Quarterback Rudy Carpenter returns for his senior year. A big year could push him to the top of career passing leader at Arizona State. The only way that can happen is if the offensive line can keep Carpenter off the turf. With five players graduating last year, the offensive line has to come together quickly. They must work hard to improve their pass protection, since Carpenter had grass stains all last season. New starters abound at the skill positions. Keegan Herring looks to be the most dynamic playmaker on the team. Defense Experience on defense is critical to this teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s success. With twelve players returning with starting experience, it wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t take much to field a tough defense. Outlook The Sun Devils will be tested early and often. With early season matchups against Georgia, Cal and USC things could get ugly fast. But if they can weather that storm, the tail end of the season could be easy pickings. If the Sun Devils can win those three matchups, look for them in a BSC bowl.