Predicted order of finish according to the Pacific-10 preseason media poll:
1. Southern California
Matt Leinart was sacked just 15 times last season, but the Trojans have lost four starters on the offensive line since their national title run.
The Golden Bears set out to record their third consecutive winning season, something that hasn't happened since they had six straight between 1947 and 1952.
The Ducks play 11 straight Saturdays this season, but never have two road games in a row.
4. Oregon State
The Beavers are the only team that will face both 2003 national champions, Louisiana State and Southern California, this season.
5. Washington State
With just seven starters back, only two on defense, the Cougars probably won't post 10 wins for a fourth straight season.
6. Arizona State
Senior quarterback Andrew Walter has thrown for 52 touchdowns and nearly 7,000 yards in the past two seasons, but was often betrayed by a defense that gave up 27.3 points per game last year.
Replacing quarterback Cody Pickett must be a priority, and last year's backup, Casey Paus, won't have the luxury of departed wide receiver Reggie Williams.
After averaging just 19.1 points and 294.4 yards per game last season, the Bruins brought in new offensive coordinator Tom Cable to bring his high-powered scheme from Idaho.
The Cardinal has the most returning starters on defense of any team in the conference, including its entire linebacking corps and all of its defensive backs.
Former Oklahoma assistant Mike Stoops takes over as coach of the Wildcats, who return the most starters in the conference with 18.