The 2007 season had its share of highlights on the local front. Stanford stunned USC and beat Cal for the first time in six years. Cal won a thriller at Oregon and was on the verge of being No. 1 in the nation. San Jose State pushed undefeated Hawaii to the brink and beyond. But on the whole, it was a forgettable season. The schools combined to finish 16-21 with one bowl appearance. (Cal beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.)
• Picking a starting quarterback.
For the first time in at least 30 years, quarterback competitions are raging concurrently at the three schools.
Don't bet on anything being resolved before the season openers. (Cal Coach Jeff Tedford hinted Monday that he might use Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley throughout the season.)