Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: The prediction business is tough. Just look back at all those preseason magazines stacked on the coffee table.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Our man says Reggie Bush is the best player he has ever seen in the Pac-10, and he has been covering the conference for three decades-plus.
Chuck Culpepper, Newsday: What will an intoxicating game like USC-Notre Dame do to you? It leaves one helluva hangover.