2. Oregon … Washington … Stanford … It Doesn’t Matter
Pac-12 North, just don’t wipe out your entire division.
One teams needs to rise up from the pack, but the division might just be too good to do that.
Oregon State isn’t a free space, but it’s close. After that, Cal has one of the nation’s nastier defenses, Washington State is going to be amazing again as long as the quarterback play is solid, and Washington, Oregon and Stanford are all good enough to potentially win the conference.
It’s a given that Oregon has to beat Auburn to start the season, but it has to go to both Stanford and Washington. Considering the Ducks have dates at USC and Arizona State, too, they might have to sweep the Dawgs and Cardinal, or else they’ll have to be perfect.
Stanford has to deal with a date at UCF and Notre Dame, but it also gets Washington at home. The Huskies have the easiest overall schedule of the division’s big three teams – other road games at BYU, Arizona, Oregon State and Colorado – but winning in Palo Alto could be a must.
Or Washington State has to rip through everyone – and it might be good enough to do just that.
No matter how this all works, the division has to pick a lane. One has to emerge and get to the Pac-12 Championship at 11-1, and then …