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Originally published Friday, September 5, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Bud Withers' Pac-10 picks

Pac-10 picks Washington 30, BYU 27: If it doesn't happen here, it may never happen. Cal 31, WSU 17: Cougars must defend more speed than...

Washington 30, BYU 27: If it doesn't happen here, it may never happen.

Cal 31, WSU 17: Cougars must defend more speed than they saw last week.

Oregon 49, Utah State 7: Ducks can hit you a lot of different ways.

Penn State 28, Oregon State 13: Riley has had teams that could win at Happy Valley, but probably not this one.

Arizona State 33, Stanford 22: Everybody thinks Cardinal more physical than recent editions.

Arizona 35, Toledo 20: Opener for Rockets, figured to be middling MAC team.

Weighing in ...

A weekly snippet from one of the

nation's fan message boards

From BruinReportOnline.com, on Rick Neuheisel: "One thing that really jumped out at me was how much camera time Rick gets. You would have thought Rick was a Victoria's Secret model."

Fact check

Since the implementation of the BCS format 10 years ago, the Pac-10 has a 10-6 record against SEC teams.

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Just sayin'

Louis Murphy, Florida receiver, on rival Miami: "We're the 'U.' I refer to them as Miami. If the U. is for university and winning championships, we're the U."

Bud Withers

Pac-10 power rankings

By Bud Withers, Seattle Times college football reporter

Team Comment
1 USC (1-0) Trojans again title favorites, along with Pats, Cowboys
2 Oregon (1-0) At end of UW game, Nos. 8-9 QBs were warming up
3 California (1-0) Tree-sitters ecstatic; took Bears, gave the points
4 UCLA (1-0) Neuheisel already has 17 WRs committed for 2009 class
5 Arizona St. (1-0) Hard when in early September, your bubble's been burst
6 Stanford (1-0) Warm smell of Tavita, risin' up through the air ...
7 Arizona (1-0) Offensive explosion mindful of Ronnie Veal era
8 Oregon State (0-1) Faces longer halftime at Penn State, so JoePa can nap
9 Washington (0-1) Sistine Chapel was painted quicker than AD search
10 WSU (0-1) Instead of Apple Cup, schools to play 3 basketball games

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