Looking Into the Pac 12 Crystal Ball

12 predictions for the 2012 Pac 12 football season

1. USC Will Be Good....
but not that good. The national championship hype is fair, but the Trojans won't live up to expectations. The offense will score, but the running game will fail them in at least two contests that lead to losses, even with the addition of Silas Redd.

2. A new batch of QBs will emerge....
Matt Barkley will be the new standard bearer, but Brett Hundley of UCLA, Brett Nottingham of Stanford, and Brian Bennett of Oregon will all take the reigns and prove to be more than serviceable quarterbacks.

3. Jim Mora will be everyone's new favorite coach to hate...
There isn't much sitting on the fence with Mora. It seems that you either love him or hate him. Bruins fans are loving his no-nonsense attitude and recruiting prowess to this point, and will love him even more after an 8 win season that sets them up beautifully to be the South favorites in 2013. Opposing fans will hate the success, consider him smug and arrogant, and pine for the days of Rick Neuheisel.

4. Utah's Star Lotulelei will again go without much fanfare...
but will again be the best defensive player in the conference. Star's stats will keep him from winning any national awards, but his effect on the game will be as big as any defensive player in the Pac 12.

5. Stanford will come back to earth...
The defense will be very good, possibly the best in the conference, but the offense will take a big step back with Andrew Luck gone. The running game won't be as effective and the offensive line can't be as good as it was last season

6. Matt Scott will put up huge numbers for Arizona...
The redshirt senior, who sat out last season behind Nick Foles, will now take over the reigns. He's a dual threat and is going to have over 4,000 yards of total offense. It won't matter though as the Wildcats won't stop anyone on their way to a losing season.

7. Jordan Wynn will miss at least one start due to injury...
He hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy for a whole season, but this season he'll only miss one game. Wynn will still throw for over 2,500 yards and lead the Utes to within a game of the Pac 12 South title.

8. Todd Graham will not leave Arizona State for his fourth job in four years...
Graham will stick around for 2013, despite cries for his head after a 3-9 season.

9. The Pac 12 will send two finalists to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony...
But will walk away emptied handed again. After three straight years of coming in second, a Pac twelver won't finish higher than third.

10. The Pac 12 will put a team back in the National Championship game......
Oregon will run the table in the conference and knock off USC in the Pac 12 title game, earning them a date with Oklahoma for the whole ball of wax.

11. Chip Kelly will bid farwell to Oregon and take his talents to...
Washington DC after Mike Shanahan 'retires' and Daniel Snyder offers up $7 millon per year to coach the Redskins. Kelly will return to the college game within 4 years.

12. Matt Barkley will be...
the number 1 pick in the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.

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