Not much happened in Olympic action on Sunday to get the Pac-12 more medals in the count. The good news is that Bob Bryan of Stanford managed to land a bronze medal in mixed doubles with Lisa Raymond for the United States, so the Cardinal again slide up. Here's a current look at the medal count, Pac-12 style.
Today's a good chance to actually look forward and see what the conference is capable of this upcoming week based on our original projections. Let's take a look back at the original projections and see who might end up winning what this upcoming week.
Here is what the projected medal count looks like if the US goes onto win gold in men's basketball, women's soccer, place in women's water polo and volleyball, and also perform well in other events like track and beach volleyball.
It's looking like USC, Cal and Stanford will be vying to win the overall medal count. A lot will ride on the success of the team sports--Stanford will probably win the overall golds if they can get the women's volleyball and women's water polo teams to win Olympic gold. We haven't even gotten to the strong performance by men's water polo (filled with Pac-12 stars) and men's volleyball, both of whom could also contend for medals
There are plenty of other factors too. The men's 4 x 400 meter relay is no guaranteed gold for the Trojan track stars Bryshon Nellum and Josh Mance now that LaShawn Merritt is doubtful to race the rest of these Games.
It figures to be one heck of a race to the finish.