Southern California is No. 2 in the first Bowl Championship Series poll, but Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter says the Trojans are only the third-best team in the Pac-10. Ahead of USC, Carpenter ranked California No. 1 and Oregon No. 2 during a news conference this week. Carpenter has seen all three - up close and painful - in three consecutive losses, a skid ASU hopes to end Saturday against winless Stanford at Sun Devil Stadium.
If receivers Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and Chris McFoy recover from injuries during a bye this week, the Trojans could get a lot better, although it might be too much to expect their old dominance in the first season after the departure of Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.
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