When college football writers characterize a loss by USC to another Pac-10 team as a "mystifying loss." It's there again, in Andy Staples' Top 25 on SI.Com.
If Florida or Alabama were to lose to another team in the SEC, it would become proof of the SEC's dominance. Yet, when a Pac-10 team beats USC, it becomes "mystifying."
Maybe, just maybe, the Pac-10 is pretty good, and the teams are actually good enough to beat USC every so often?