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The Pac-12 will be one of the most explosive conferences this year, as many of the teams are built around a high powered offense.
USC, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Washington State, Utah, and Arizona could easily put up 35+ points per game, which makes the Pac-12 the most fun conference to watch.
|Nickell Robey, USC|
USC is back, after a two-year bowl ban. And they are stronger then they may have ever been. Matt Barkley could be the best QB in Trojan history and they are stacked across the board. They will go 12-0, and will be in the BCS Championship.
Oregon plays a very easy schedule in the first half of the season, and should be 8-0 heading into a huge showdown in LA on November 3rd vs USC. But, USC is still considerably a better team then Oregon, and the Ducks won't get past USC. They will meet again in the Pac-12 championship, but they won't be able to knock off USC a 2nd time.
Utah is the third best team in the conference, and certainly one of the most underrated teams in the nation. Stanford is much worse then last year, but still will make a bowl game. Washington is another very underrated team and has upset teams before. Watch for them to give LSU a battle September 8th.
UCLA, California, and Arizona are my picks to finish off the bowl-bound teams, but Washington State may surprise people. Under new coach Mike Leach, they will run the second best passing attack in the conference behind USC, and one of the top ones in the nation. Marquess Wilson is the best receiver you have never heard of in the nation. But, the Cougars have holes at almost every other position, which ultimately will keep them from a bowl game.
Arizona State is a year or two away before returning to competitiveness. Oregon State is close too, but still has bit to go. Colorado will struggle this year, and could very well loose all conference games this season.
1. Oregon 11-1 (8-1)
T2. Stanford 8-4 (6-3)
T3. Washington 8-4 (6-3)
4. California 6-6 (4-5)
5. Washington State 4-8 (2-7)
6. Oregon State 2-10 (1-8)
1. USC 12-0 (9-0)
2. Utah 9-3 (6-3)
3. UCLA 6-6 (5-4)
4. Arizona 6-6 (4-5)
5. Arizona State 4-8 (2-7)
6. Colorado 2-10 (0-9)
PAC-12 Championship: USC over Oregon