It's about from here to Hialeah between now and the first week of 2010, when the Rose Bowl will host the Bowl Championship Series title game for the third time. August represents helmet fittings and hope. School is out, two-a-day sweat has yet to trickle and blocking sled slates are clean as coaches, from the cool of Palo Alto, Calif., to the saunas of the South, preach the gospel of promise.
A few important dates on the journey toward January:
Saturday: USC opens camp. After seven consecutive BCS games and Pacific 10 titles, this is a dynasty-in-transition year as the Trojans overhaul their defense while trying to prove this program has always been about Pete and repeat.