Arizona State expected to challenge Southern Cal in Pac-10

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Pac-10 has long been a conference known for its talented quarterbacks and high-powered offenses.

Only Arizona State, Arizona and Washington opened fall practice with returning starters at quarterback entrenched in their jobs.

The team best positioned to challenge the USC Trojans this season for Pac 10 dominance could be Arizona State because of the experience of Rudy Carpenter at quarterback.

Carpenter has made 31 straight starts for the Sun Devils, throwing 25 touchdown passes last season to help Arizona State tie the Trojans for the regular season title.