2010 Pac 10 Schedule Breakdown
USC QB Matt Barkley
USC QB Matt Barkley
Posted Feb 19, 2010

The Pac 10 should be interesting with teams like Washington, Oregon State and California all certain to make national noise, but it should be Matt Barkley and USC going against Oregon that should by the conference's game of the year. Check out the analysis and breakdown for each Pac 10 team's slate.


2010 Pac 10 Team-By-Team Schedule

Arizona | Arizona St | California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford
UCLA | USC | Washington | Washington State

Pac 10 Composite Schedules 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Pac 10 Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2010 Pac 10 Composite Schedule & Rankings

Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when.
2. Oregon
3. USC
4. Arizona State
5. Washington
6. Stanford
7. Oregon State
8. California
9. Arizona
10. Washington State

Non-Conference Games: at Toledo, Citadel, Iowa
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: It's not all that bad mostly because many of the big games are at home. There's a road trip to Oregon in late November and back-to-back away dates against UCLA and Stanford, but after starting out the year at Toledo, which is a must-win or else it'll be an uphill fight to get to a bowl. However, if the Cats get by the Rockets there's a great stretch from September 11th through October 30th with only one road trip and that's to Washington State. That means there must be some big wins at home to come up with a strong year, and the chances will be there with Iowa, Cal, Oregon State, Washington, USC, and the rivalry date against Arizona State all in Tucson.

Sept. 4 at Toledo
Sept. 11 Citadel
Sept. 18 Iowa
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 California
Oct. 9 Oregon State
Oct. 16 at Washington St
Oct. 23 Washington
Oct. 30 at UCLA
Nov. 6 at Stanford
Nov. 13 USC
Nov. 26 at Oregon
Dec. 2 Arizona State

Arizona State

Non-Conference Games: Portland State, Northern Arizona, at Wisconsin
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: The Sun Devils have to play five road games in Pac 10 play, and they're not easy with USC and Cal to deal with along with the rivalry date at Arizona and tough games against Oregon State and Washington. The key will be the middle of the season with three road games in a row and just one home date from September 11th to November 6th. The only two home games in a row are right off the bat, and they could be costly. Last year Kansas State went 6-6 and didn't go bowling because it played two FCS teams, and ASU could have the same issues with Portland State and Northern Arizona on the slate. There isn't a sure-thing win anywhere else outside of the October 30th game against Washington State.

Sept. 4 Portland State
Sept. 11 Northern Arizona
Sept. 18 at Wisconsin
Sept. 25 Oregon
Oct. 2 at Oregon State
Oct. 9 at Washington
Oct. 23 at California
Oct. 30 Washington State
Nov. 6 at USC
Nov. 13 Stanford
Nov. 26 UCLA
Dec. 2 at Arizona


Non-Conference Games: UC Davis, Colorado, at Nevada
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: There's always going to be the mysterious Cal braincramp somewhere along the way (helloooooo, Arizona State at home on October 23rd), but this isn't all that bad a schedule with five Pac 10 home games and three of the last four games at home (all in November). Going to USC and Oregon State will be a problem, but getting Oregon and UCLA at home will help and going to Washington State is actually a positive considering how bad the Cougars might be once again. The run defense will have to crank things up a few notches early with a road trip to Nevada coming off a date with Colorado, and there's a stretch of three road dates in four games and four in six, but the slate shouldn't be what keeps Cal from winning the Pac 10.

Sept. 4 UC Davis
Sept. 11 Colorado
Sept. 18 at Nevada
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 at Arizona
Oct. 9 UCLA
Oct. 16 at USC
Oct. 23 Arizona State
Oct. 30 at Oregon State
Nov. 13 Oregon
Nov. 20 at Washington State
Nov. 27 Washington
Dec. 4 Stanford


Non-Conference Games: New Mexico, at Tennessee, Portland State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: Not only do the Ducks have five Pac 10 road games, but they get to go away to face USC, Cal, and in the Civil War against Oregon State. Throw in a trip to Tennessee, and considering the team wasn't nearly as strong away from Autzen as it was on it, this isn't a national title-caliber schedule. It's an interesting see-saw slate with alternating home and road games with not two of either in a row. There's no excuse for not going unbeaten at home (and easily) against New Mexico, Portland State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona, and the road game at Washington State has to be a lock and Arizona State is winnable, so there's no reason to not expect the Ducks in the hunt for a BCS game all year long.

Sept. 4 New Mexico
Sept. 11 at Tennessee
Sept. 18 Portland State
Sept. 25 at Arizona State
Oct. 2 Stanford
Oct. 9 at Washington State
Oct. 21 UCLA
Oct. 30 at USC
Nov. 6 Washington
Nov. 13 at California
Nov. 26 Arizona
Dec. 4 at Oregon State

Oregon State

Non-Conference Games: Louisville, at Boise State, (One More To Be Announced)
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The non-conference schedule will likely end up being a big bowl of nasty. Louisville should be a bit better under new head coach Charlie Strong, but that's still an almost certain win. Going to Boise State is a statement moment for the team before diving into Pac 10 play, and there's the other game which technically is still open. It's almost certainly going to be TCU, for good or bad. The Beavers get a break in conference play with five home games including California, USC, and Oregon. There's an issue with three road games in four weeks, but if there's any dream of going to the Rose Bowl the team has to be good enough to beat Arizona and Washington in back-to-back weeks.

Sept. 4 To Be Announced
Sept. 11 OPEN DATE
Sept. 18 Louisville
Sept. 25 at Boise State
Oct. 2 Arizona State
Oct. 9 at Arizona
Oct. 16 at Washington
Oct. 30 California
Nov. 6 at UCLA
Nov. 13 Washington State
Nov. 20 USC
Nov. 27 at Stanford
Dec. 4 Oregon


Non-Conference Games: Sacramento State, Wake Forest, at Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: Get .. through ... the first half. The Cardinal starts off with a light scrimmage against Sacramento State, and then the fun begins with three road games in the ensuing four weeks going to UCLA, Notre Dame, and Oregon with the home game against a decent Wake Forest squad. After that stretch the team is rewarded with a home game against USC in what's sure to be fiery battle all the way around. And then things ease up in a big, big way with a week off to catch the breath before getting another week off against Washington State. There are three remaining road games going to Washington, Arizona State, and California, if you can call that a road trip; that's not that bad.

Sept. 4 Sacramento State
Sept. 11 at UCLA
Sept. 18 Wake Forest
Sept. 25 at Notre Dame
Oct. 2 at Oregon
Oct. 9 USC
Oct. 23 Washington State
Oct. 30 at Washington
Nov. 6 Arizona
Nov. 13 at Arizona State
Nov. 27 Oregon State
Dec. 4 at California


Non-Conference Games: at Kansas State, Houston, at Texas
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: This isn't a schedule, it's a dare. In today's day and age of wussy BCS team non-conference schedules, going to Kansas State and taking on a high-powered Houston team that will put up a bajillion yards a game would qualify as tough, respectable slate. The third game? Sacramento State? Portland State? UC Davis? At Texas. Throw in a home game against Stanford in Week Two and the Bruins should be really, really happy to get through September 2-2. If that wasn't bad enough, after a date with Washington State the Bruins have to go on the road to face Cal and Oregon and still have to deal with away games against Washington and Arizona State. Getting Oregon State and USC at home is a positive, but it's not like those are sure-thing wins.

Sept. 4 at Kansas State
Sept. 11 Stanford
Sept. 18 Houston
Sept. 25 at Texas
Oct. 2 Washington State
Oct. 9 at California
Oct. 21 at Oregon
Oct. 30 Arizona
Nov. 6 Oregon State
Nov. 13 at Washington
Nov. 26 at Arizona State
Dec. 4 USC


Non-Conference Games: at Hawaii, Virginia, at Minnesota, Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-1
Worst Case Record: 8-5
Likely Finish: 10-3

Summary: If USC was really USC with Pete Carroll at the helm and everything rocking and rolling for one of college football's premier juggernauts, you'd have tickets booked for Glendale for January 10. There are names on the non-conference schedule, but a vintage Trojan team picks its teeth with at Hawaii, Virginia, at Minnesota, and Notre Dame winning the four game by a combined score of around 200 to 35. If USC is really USC again under Lane Kiffin, then a 5-0 start is a given before a revenge battle at Stanford. Cal and Oregon have to come to L.A. as part of a nice run of three straight home games in four weeks, but that's followed up by three road games in the final four including a beartrap at Oregon State. The trip to Pasadena to face UCLA is hardly a road game, but it's still going to be away from the Coliseum.

Sept. 2 at Hawaii
Sept. 11 Virginia
Sept. 18 at Minnesota
Sept. 25 at Washington State
Oct. 2 Washington
Oct. 9 at Stanford
Oct. 16 California
Oct. 30 Oregon
Nov. 6 Arizona State
Nov. 13 at Arizona
Nov. 20 at Oregon State
Nov. 27 Notre Dame
Dec. 4 at UCLA


Non-Conference Games: at BYU, Syracuse, Nebraska
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: The Huskies will get a chance to show that things have changed with an opening four games that could lead to disaster. Syracuse, even at home, might not be quite the layup expected, the Dawgs could be the underdog at BYU to start the season, will be the underdog at home against Nebraska, and will likely be a double-digit dog at USC. 1-3 will be expected, 2-2 would be great, 3-1 or 4-0 would make it parade time in Seattle. Things ease up a bit with three home games in the following four, but there will still be four Pac 10 road games to deal with including dates at Oregon and California before finishing up on the road in the Apple Cup game against Washington State. 

Sept. 4 at BYU
Sept. 11 Syracuse
Sept. 18 Nebraska
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 at USC
Oct. 9 Arizona State
Oct. 16 Oregon State
Oct. 23 at Arizona
Oct. 30 Stanford
Nov. 6 at Oregon
Nov. 13 UCLA
Nov. 27 at California
Dec. 4 at Washington State

Washington State

Non-Conference Games: at Oklahoma State, Montana State, at SMU
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 3-9

Summary: Even if the Cougars are far better they'll have a hard time coming up with a great record. They were able to beat SMU last year, but they'll have to deal with a far better team on the road this year. Throw in a game at Oklahoma State and the home opener against a not-that-bad Montana State, and there's a lot of work to be done before starting out the year against USC. There are five Pac 10 home games and four on the road, but there are three straight road dates starting in late October going to Stanford, Arizona State, and Oregon State. For almost anyone else, getting USC, Oregon, and California at home would be a huge plus, but getting just one win in those three games would be a huge shocker.
Sept. 4 at Oklahoma State
Sept. 11 Montana State
Sept. 18 at SMU
Sept. 25 USC
Oct. 2 at UCLA
Oct. 9 Oregon
Oct. 16 Arizona
Oct. 23 at Stanford
Oct. 30 at Arizona State
Nov. 13 at Oregon State
Nov. 20 California
Dec. 4 Washington