Point well taken...counterpoint, McFadden did not play and it was the first game of the year, which I think it would have been a lot closer had they played each other later on. USC played Auburn too to open both seasons, 03 season for Auburn turned out to be a BIG bust.
Playing one SEC team a year doesn't mean squat. Put them in our conference and let their players get pounded every single week, then we'll see if how many 10 win seasons they can put up. My guess is, they'd have a lot of 8-9 win seasons with a 10-11 win season thrown in the mix every 3 years or so.
Those guys have fresh legs at almost every game because they are able to rest their starters in their weak conference. They should win 11 games a season in the PAC-10.