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January 5, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Analyzing Pac-10 2010 schedules

Now that the Pac-10 schedule for 2010 is pretty much complete, time to look at who plays who out of conference.
And we may as well do it by rating which schools are playing the meatiest schedules, and which have more padding than a The Biggest Loser contestant.
1, UCLA
at Kansas State
Houston
at Texas
COMMENT: If it’s really a make-or-break third year for Rick Neuheisel, he hasn’t gotten any favors from his AD. KSU is improving under Bill Snyder, and Houston is surely a much tougher foe now than the Bruins expected whenever that game was scheduled. And Texas speaks for itself.
2, OREGON STATE
vs. TCU in Dallas
Louisville
at Boise State
COMMENT: This should probably be 1B as this is a darn tough schedule, as well — just think how it would look if Louisville were as good as it was a few years ago. The TCU game is set to be played at the new home of the Dallas Cowboys and while it’s not on the Pac-10’s official schedule yet, the Beavers are talking about it like it’s a done deal. And OSU may be the last Pac-10 team to ever go to Boise depending on how 2010 visit turns out.
3, WASHINGTON
at BYU
Syracuse
Nebraska
COMMENT: The softening of UW’s schedule doesn’t start until 2011, so the Huskies will again have what will likely be a top 10 slate in 2010. Only good news is Syracuse is still a little down and Nebraska and BYU each have some significant personnel losses. Still, getting two wins out of that won’t be easy.


4, WASHINGTON STATE
at Oklahoma State
Montana State
at SMU
COMMENT: Montana State gives the Cougars what should be a certain win (though you never know the way the Cougs have played the last two years). But the other two will be tough, SMU suddenly turning into one of the most improved programs in the country over the last year.
5, USC
at Hawaii
Virginia
at Minnesota
Notre Dame
COMMENT: A little softer than the normal USC slate, though two road games — and three games against what are BCS schools — sets it apart from some of the others. Still, USC should win all four of these.
6, STANFORD
Sacramento State
Wake Forest
at Notre Dame
COMMENT: Here’s kind of your prototypical A-B-C schedule, as the Cardinal should breeze against Sac State, should be able to beat Wake at home, and then will have a tough game in South Bend.
7, OREGON
New Mexico
at Tennessee
Portland State
COMMENT: This one’s kind of an A-C-C schedule — two gimme wins sandwiched around a tough trip to Rocky Top.
8, ARIZONA
at Toledo
The Citadel
Iowa
COMMENT: Here’s another pretty good A-B-C schedule (though why the Wildcats are going to Toledo I don’t quite know). But should be two wins and then a marquee game against a BCS team.
9, CAL
UC-Davis
Colorado
at Nevada
COMMENT:Nevada game will be tricky, though at least not a lot of traveling involved. And who knows what Colorado will look like? But if the Buffs are like this year, the Bears should be able to get three wins out of that slate.
INCOMPLETE — ARIZONA STATE
Northern Arizona
at Wisconsin
COMMENT: ASU still needs one more game after San Jose State backed out of a trip to Tempe to take more money elsewhere. But any opponent ASU is likely to get now is likely to be of the cupcake variety, so this probably will end up being a 2-1 start for the Devils.

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