Big 10 The Big 10 is down to 4 teams with a realistic shot of getting to the Rose Bowl. Sorry Minnesota and Northwestern fans, you ain't going. Mich State, Iowa, Ohio State all are undefeated in conference play but Penn State is still lurking only 1 game out. Michigan State has already beaten Wisc and Michigan. Week 9's monster matchup with Iowa will tell if Sparty is for real or a product of a light first half schedule. Purdue and Penn State remain in weeks 12 & 13 respectively. Sparty misses Ohio State this year which could set up an unfortunate scenario if both teams run the table. Fortunatley for Sparty in that situation, the Big 10 uses OVR record before BCS standings. Ohio State is #7 ans Sparty is #12. Iowa stands at #1 in the country as has the best resume of any team with wins over Cal, PSU, and Michigan. The next 2 weeks will be tough with Wisconsin in week 8 and Sparty in week 9. Unlike Sparty, however, Iowa does welcome the Buckeyes to Iowa City week 13 for what many believe will be the Big 10 Championship game. Speaking of Ohio State, here they come. After their opening week loss vs Miami, tOSU has feasted on subpar competition before throttling Wisc 55-20. If that's the real tOSU, pen them in for the Rose. Penn State and Iowa stand in their way with Michigan being a possible (1 in 100) stumbling block. "Dick Stomping" was their battle cry at the start of the season and for good reason. They will have a talent edge over both Iowa and PSU but must also root for Iowa to beat Sparty. Penn State is a long shot needing to both win out and Iowa to drop to Big 10 games. Both will be tough. Remaining games include Michigan, tOSU, Sparty. Pac 10 For Now, the Pac 10 race looks to be down to 4 teams as well. There is a log jam of 2-loss teams that could creep back into contention in this ultra-competitive conference. We will focus on ASU, USC, Oregon State and Arizona for this week. Don't be surprised if the "spotlight" teams change every week. USC already has wins vs WSU, Wash, Stanford and Cal. After this week's bye, the following 4 weeks include, Oregon, @ ASU, @ Arizona, @ Oregon St....brutal. USC does have the talent and could be favored in every remaining game. Arizona State has quietly rose to #5 in the nation with wins over Wisc, Oregon, Oregon St (OT) and Washington and has a big matchup this week @ Cal. It doesnt get much easier has weeks 10 and 11 have ASU travelling to Pullman for WSU and going to USC. Oregon State is currently 2-1 but dont expect them to stay in contention for the long haul. Their next 4 are Cal, @ UCLA, WSU, @USC. Don't be surprised if the Beavers drop all 4. Arizona has shown they are a player with wins over Cal and WSU. They do however, have the rest of the conference left play except Oregon St. With what they have shown thus far, expect Arizona to stay in the race if only by a long shot. Predictions through 7 weeks: ROSE: Ohio State* vs Arizona State** * Ohio St finishes 11-1 (8-0) while Iowa finishes 11-1 (7-1) and makes another BCS bowl.**Arizona St gets to the Rose because USC runs the table and makes the Natty Title game.