The Pac-12 North, like the South, is pretty open as well.
The national pundits and mainstream media all are pretty much going with the Stanford Cardinal. Obviously, Stanford has it share of question marks and a brutal schedule, but the Cardinal returns Heisman Candidate Christian McCaffrey and they have won the past 3-of-4 division titles.
Here are some key games to watch within the North that will decide this side of the Pac-12:
- Stanford at Washington, September 30th
- Oregon at Washington State, October 1st
- Washington at Oregon, October 8th
- Washington State at Stanford, October 8th
- Stanford at Oregon, November 12th
- Washington at Washington State, November 25th
This division comes down to, really, four teams. Stanford, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon.
The Ducks have a talented offense, but no defense and that will be their undoing. Stanford has one of the toughest schedules in the conference and, possibly, in the nation.
That leaves Washington and Washington State. Could the annual rivalry game at the end of the season decide the Pac-12 North? I believe so.
I think the Huskies come away with the win behind talented quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin, as well as the conference’s top defense.
Division Winner: Washington
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