1.Offensive player of the year: California running back Jahvid Best: If Best stays healthy he should post huge numbers. And if his team wins and he stays healthy, he should get an invitation to join all those quarterbacks in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
7. Coach of the year: California's Jeff Tedford. While we're not ready to claim he will break USC's seven-year stranglehold on the Pac-10 title just yet, Tedford has a team that's good enough to earn a BCS bowl berth even if USC manages to remain on top.
8. Game of the year: USC at California, Oct. 3. We won't have to wait long for the Pac-10 game of the year. And it's worth noting both teams will be tested before this date. USC visits Ohio State and California must survive consecutive road games at Minnesota and -- egad! -- Oregon.