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Predictions: Pac-12 Standings

July 6, 2020
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With no sports so far, a limited Spring camp and a lot of question marks, it’s time to look ahead. As USC and Oregon battle it out for the off-season title (recruiting) we still have to look ahead at what might be the start of camp soon. 

And that might quickly lead to a season before we know it. Obviously there may be no season but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 

I know everyone likes to predict the Pac-12 standings and that makes for great discussion. So I figured I’d throw my hat in the ring too and give it a go. Last year I felt Oregon was the team to beat and Washington was due for some regression. 

This year I’m once again buying into the Mario Cristobal stock and I don’t think anyone else is talented enough to knock off the Ducks. 

Here is my prediction on North and South standings with a few final thoughts on my picks.

North

1. Oregon

2. Cal

3. Stanford

4. Washington

5. Oregon State

6. Washington State

Everyone has a tough game on the schedule in the top four. Oregon plays Ohio State, Cal has TCU, Stanford has the Golden Domers, Washington has Michigan. No doubt the Ducks have the toughest of the group but point is everyone has tough games. 

The talent Oregon has accumulated under Mario Cristobal is going to make it very tough for the rest of the conference to catch up. I went back and forth between Cal and Stanford at No. 2 and just know it’s razor thin. And to add to that, Washington has almost as good of a shot as ending up at No. 2 as they do at No. 4. That’s how close it is and was last season too. 

I do like where Oregon State is headed but they are another year out from making some real noise. 

Lastly, I like Nick Rolovich and think he’ll be great at Wazzu. But his first year is going to be rough considering he took over and went into Quarantine a very short period later. That’s going to be difficult come September.

South

1. USC

2. Utah

3. UCLA

4. Colorado

5. ASU

6. Arizona

It’s going to be razor thin at No. 1 and from 3-5 in the South. Frankly, this division isn’t very strong and it showed in the conference championship last year. 

USC has the most talent of anyone in this conference and it’s not even close. Sure they play Bama and I’ve got them taking an L. They also visit Eugene in November and that won’t go well either. 

Utah plays USC in October and that might ultimately be the game that determines the South. 

Is this the year Chip Kelly finally makes up some ground in L.A? His back is against the wall with the ‘hot seat’ rumors heating up. He hasn’t accumulated enough talent but nobody can dial up an offense like Chip Kelly. 

The Bruins have one of the most favorable schedules with its two toughest games (Stanford & Utah) at home. 

While I have ASU at 5, it once again is razor thin from 3-5 but I wonder how much talent the Sun Devils lost and if they have the horses to replace them. Hopefully we find out this Fall.

Meanwhile I bet this is the final season Kevin Sumlin is in Tucson. 


Conference Championship: Oregon vs USC

Conference Winner: Oregon

Call me a homer but I just don’t see anyone with the overall talent Oregon has. And then you combine that with the two best coordinators in the conference and the best assistant staff on any team. 

Oregon has the makings to be a winner for a long time in this conference, much like Pete Carroll was at USC in the early 2000’s. 

 

 

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