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BtD Pac-10 Pre-Season Poll: Conference Champion

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Junior slotback Casey Kjos will be a new option for Beaver quarterbacks in the fall. If he follows in the footsteps of the departed Shane Morales, he could help this year's OSU team be better than expected. (Photo by Ethan Erickson)
Junior slotback Casey Kjos will be a new option for Beaver quarterbacks in the fall. If he follows in the footsteps of the departed Shane Morales, he could help this year's OSU team be better than expected. (Photo by Ethan Erickson)

The season is almost upon us, but much less importantly, Pac-10 Media Day is coming up on Thursday. The annual event features the head coach and a player from each team in the conference. Mike Riley and LB Keaton Kristick will be representing the Beavers.

But there's a certain thing that happens every year at Pac-10 Media Day, and that of course is the Pre-season Media Poll. In case you've forgotten, the Beavers were picked to finish sixth last year in the conference by the media. That was lower than the likes of Arizona State (picked to finish #2) and UCLA (#5). The media has only picked the Beavers higher than they actually finished two times in the past 10 years-- 2001 and 2003. Over the last five years, the Beavers have been underrated by more than two spots.

Over the course of today and tomorrow, we are going to decide our pre-season poll and compare it to what the media comes up with on Thursday.

First we'll vote for who should get the top spot in the conference. I'm saying it's USC. The Trojans look to be down slightly this year-- Mark Sanchez is gone (no big deal, right?) and only three return on defense. That's why you could make an argument for Oregon. But what loyal Beaver is going to or wants to do that?

Happy voting. Be logical. If you're coming over from AtQ, don't automatically pick option #2 for the sake of picking option #2. Don't just pick Oregon State because you bleed black and orange. Be like the media. Show no bias.

Or something like that.

Hopefully I've given you enough options below.

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)