By Jon Wilner
The best team in the Pacific-10 Conference wears gold -- and blue. The best team in the Pacific-10 Conference is
Since the season-opening debacle at
At the same time,
• USC goes undefeated and finishes No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS rankings. Instead of playing in the Rose Bowl, the traditional spot for the Pac-10 champ, the Trojans would move into the national-title game in
• The Rose Bowl, which would have its pick of at-large teams to fill USC's slot, selects
``If Cal is eligible for the BCS and USC goes to the championship game, then I think that's very, very likely,'' Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said Saturday in Berkeley. ``It's all but a certainty that the Rose Bowl would invite a Pac-10 team if it lost USC. . . . They have made that clear that that's what they want.'' Only teams in the top 14 at the end of the season are eligible for an at-large berth in the BCS. That's why the jump to No. 11 in the polls this week was crucial for the Bears: They must be ranked high enough before the USC game that a loss would not knock them below 14th.
The Harris and coaches polls count for two-thirds of the BCS rankings; the remaining third comes from an average of six computer polls. Based on preliminary indications,