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Pac 12 Football Predictions – 2013 Season

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The Pac 12 North boasts two teams with legitimate National Championship hopes, while the South is wide open and waiting for a team to step up and take control of the division.


North Division

  • 1. Stanford 11-1 (8-1): At first glance it seems the Cardinal offense is filled with question marks, but a closer look reveals big potential on that side of the ball. QB Kevin Hogan is a legitimate dual-threat and is 5-0 as a starter. Stanford will replace RB Stepfan Taylor with a trio of backs including Taylor Gaffney, who spent last season playing baseball, and redshirt freshman Barry Sanders Jr. Hogan and the group of backs will operate behind one of the nation’s best lines. The only real question on offense is at WR, but Stanford knows how to utilize RBs and TEs as good as any team in the country, so the lack of proven wideouts shouldn’t be a major concern. Much like the offensive line, the defense is loaded. A pair of ferocious defensive ends, a trio of talented LBs, and a secondary stacked with NFL players ensures the Cardinal defense will again be among the best in the nation. The schedule is a bit tougher than Oregon’s, but Stanford gets the Ducks at home and looks strong enough to make a run at the Rose Bowl.
  • 2. Oregon 11-1 (8-1): How much will the loss of Chip Kelly effect the Ducks? There will almost certainly be a drop off: Kelly led the Ducks to four BCS games and won 46 games in his four seasons. The good news is that few teams in the country return as much talent as Oregon. QB Marcus Mariota is coming off of a fantastic season and is getting Heisman publicity, and do-everything RB De’Anthony Thomas will get his chance to shine with the departure of Kenjon Barner. The Ducks also return a deep receiving corp and at least three future NFL players on the line. The defense must break in several new linebackers, but a loaded secondary and solid line should make the transition easier. Even with the loss of Kelly, the Ducks seem like a lock for double-digit wins and another run at a BCS bowl, with only a November date at Stanford standing between Oregon and the Pac 12 Championship game. (more…)