1) Terrelle Pryor is playing with a slight tear in the MCL in one of his knees. Its always possible that he exacerbates the injury or plays less than perfect because of it. This is a plus.
2) The Pac-10 has not been doing well in bowl games.
#21 Stanford lost to Oklahoma (31-27).
#18 Oregon State lost to #14 BYU (44-20).
#20 Arizona lost to #22 Nebraska (33-0).
Cal lost to #23 Utah (37-27).
All in all this is not good. Infact, its a terrible record for the Pac-10. 0-4 in bowl games so far.
However, Oregon also beat Oregon State, Arizona, and Cal. They lost to Stanford (then unranked) the week after demolishing USC at home.
Obviously I would prefer the Pac-10 to be winning its bowl games, meaning the relative strength of the Pac-10 is better.
However, what matters is what happens tomorrow between Oregon and Ohio State. Go Ducks!