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Pac-12 football preview

Who you got in the Pac-12 conference this season? Oregon? Stanford? Or will an L.A. team crash the party? That's just one of the many questions from this intriguing conference, where a top team (those Ducks) has a new head coach, and several offensive studs compete for a shot at the Heisman Trophy.

  • Which team will win the Pac-12 title this season?

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  • Which Los Angeles team has the best chance of winning the Pac-12 title this season?

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  • Will a Pac-12 team play in the BCS National Championship this season?

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  • Which Arizona team is the bigger Pac-12 sleeper?

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  • How much will Chip Kelly's departure hurt Oregon?

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  • Which of these players has the best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy this season?

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Things are pretty interesting in the Pac-12 these days. Oregon is a perennial contender but just lost coach Chip Kelly to the NFL. Stanford, too, saw a star coach (Jim Harbaugh) and QB (Andrew Luck) depart not long ago but went on to win the conference last season. Then there's the rise of UCLA, USC's constant state of flux and many other bits of intrigue out West. How will these teams stack up in 2013? Click on the boxes to make your picks!

2013 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 4-5

Arizona State

Arizona State

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

California

California

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 2-7

Colorado

Colorado

2012 overall: 1-11
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

Oregon

Oregon

2012 overall: 12-1
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

Oregon State

Oregon State

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

Stanford

Stanford

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

UCLA

UCLA

2012 overall: 9-5
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

USC

USC

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Utah

Utah

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Pac-12: 3-6

Washington

Washington

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

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Pac12

The Trojans make their return from a two-year bowl ban with the focus on winning not only the Pac-12 title but a national championship. With the 19 returning starters from the 10-2 team of 2011, will USC dethrone Oregon as conference champion? Click on the team logos to set your rankings!

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2012 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2011 overall: 4-8
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

Arizona State

Arizona State

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

California

California

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

Colorado

Colorado

2011 overall: 3-10
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

Oregon

Oregon

2011 overall: 12-2
2011 Pac-12: 8-1

Oregon State

Oregon State

2011 overall: 3-9
2011 Pac-12: 3-6

Stanford

Stanford

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 Pac-12: 8-1

UCLA

UCLA

2011 overall: 6-8
2011 Pac-12: 5-4

USC

USC

2011 overall: 10-2
2011 Pac-12: 7-2

Utah

Utah

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

Washington

Washington

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2011 overall: 4-8
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

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3. Could Washington win without Jake Locker?

Much respect for Jake Locker. While he's trying to convince Washington to let him play with a broken rib, we tried to get off work this morning because of "the sniffles." Locker's pretty important to the Huskies' success (although we like to think we're pretty big shots around here, it just doesn't compare), so his absence would have an impact on their chances to beat UCLA. Could they pull it off without Locker?

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona

Steve (Sioux City, IA)

Adam, I know everyone thinks it's going to be tough for Iowa to head out West but I have a hard time thinking that a team with this many seniors and this much leadership would be rattled by playing at Arizona. Thoughts?

Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg
Adam Rittenberg

Steve, I think Iowa's experience certainly should help in handling the elements, but history certainly doesn't favor the Hawkeyes in these matchups. Iowa isn't the type of team to lose its poise, and the Hawkeyes have won in some pretty tough places (State College, Madison, East Lansing, etc.) Still, you have to anticipate some adversity against Arizona. How will the 2010 Hawkeyes respond? We'll find out soon. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 10 Florida at Tennessee

Stefan (The Swamp)

Are you buying or selling the Gators as a top ten team? Mind you the Gators still have a dynamic defense and they will open up the pass offense over the next two weeks...

Mark Schlabach
Mark Schlabach

I'm selling right now, but I think they'll be a top 10 team by season's end. Have to get better on offense. Very good on defense, especially in the secondary. Don't see a lot of weapons on offense other than Demps, though. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 8 Nebraska at Washington

Ryan (Lincoln)

What's your favorite nickname for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez? T-Mart, T-Magic, T-Mobile, or another one? This is really important to Husker Nation.

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

It would be like me voting for the mayor of Lincoln. I am not registered there. I have no say in the matter. Given the way he runs, how about "Taylor Swift?" Yeah, maybe not. Full transcript

Game 4: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech

Nick (Denver)

Dave- what are the chances that Texas Tech beats Texas?

Big 12 blogger David Ubben
David Ubben

Good, but if it's close, I'm taking Texas. Tech has to jump on them early, 14-0 or something, and force Gilbert to throw the ball more than the Longhorns gameplanned for. The Red Raiders secondary is young, but they've got a lot of talent and a great pass rush up front. If Texas can keep the offense on cruise control, their secondary will make big plays down the stretch against Potts to leave Lubbock with the win. Full transcript

Game 5: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia

Brian (Arkansas)

How do you think Arkansas will do this weekend against a Georgia team that's desperate?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

Georgia is between the hedges. They'll be in a very firey mood, after that game against Vanderbilt. The key play in the game was the fumble with SC down 14-6. That fumble prevented Georgia from getting back into that football game. Arkansas had two cupcakes right out of the box. Now they get their first test. Georgia is much more battle tested. Not having Green on Georgia is a huge problem. Aaron Murray for Georgia was only 4-8 for 32 yards in the first half. In the third quarter alone, he was 7-8 for 101 yards, just before the fumble. Murray needs AJ Green. That's an unfortunate situation with Green at Georgia. Full transcript

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