12 Things I Know About The Pac 12 For 2013

12 predictions on Pac 12 happenings for the upcoming season

1. Offenses will roar again in 2013. Oregon, Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Washington State, Utah, and Oregon State will all average over 30 points per game. Only Stanford will hold opponents under 20 points per game.

2. Washington will tease everyone...again. The Huskies perenially appear like the team that is ready to make a big jump forward, only to lose a game or two that they shouldn't or get inconsistent play at key positions. With Keith Price now a senior, they'll jump out to 4-0, including a win over Boise State and crawl into the top 20 before dropping a close one to Stanford in Palo Alto. Then they'll do what Washington does and get blasted by Oregon the next week and limp to another 7-5 season.

3. Six quarterbacks; Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Taylor Kelley, Keith Price, Connor Halliday, and whoever starts at USC, will all throw for over 3,000 yards in 2013.

4. UCLA will return to the Pac 12 title game for the third year in a row...and lose for the third year in a row. The Bruins have surpassed USC as the most purely talented team in the South. Jonathan Franklin is gone, but they have a stable of backs and a lot of young receivers for All American candidate Brett Hundley to use. UCLA will be good, but still a year away before they can take down either of the Pac 12 North heavyweights.

5. Utah will be the most frustrating and unpredictable team in the conference. They'll tease everyone with up and down play, showing potential, but not a lot of consistency. The Utes are a growing program that is still finding their way. As Kyle Whittingham tinkers throughout the year, you'll see glimpses of a Pac 12 contender, and flashes of a Pac 12 doormat, as they work out the kinks for the long term betterment of the program. Doesn't sound like your typical Utah team, does it?

6. Things will improve in Pullman. Last year was a total flop for Mike Leach in year one, both on and off the field. He's recruiting well, getting his players, and they'll adapt to his high flying offense. Keep an eye on wide receiver Gabe Marks. The kid is a future star.

7. USC won't be as bad as some people think....or as good as others think. The Trojans lose Matt Barkley and Robert Woods, but Marquise Lee is back and the defense should be solid. This smells like 8-4.

8. At least one of the Arizona teams will flop The Sun Devils are getting more pub, but there are also high hopes in Tucson. Arizona lacks a QB right now and Ka'Deem Carey loves to get in trouble. I can't see this going well for the Wildcats. Don't be surprised if the Sun Devils fail to meet expectations as well.

9. ESPN's College Gameday will be make it to TWO Pac 12 matchups. October 5 will be the first one when undefeated Washington travels to take on a top 5 and undefeated Stanford team. October 26 will feature one loss UCLA at undefeated Oregon. Unfortunately, the Oregon at Stanford matchup is on a Thursday night, so Gameday will miss out on a possible top 5 clash.

10. Oregon State will come back to Earth. The Beavers surprised a lot of people in 2012, but they're replacing quite a few impact players on defense and won't be able to replicate the 9 wins of a year ago.

11. The Pac 12 Heisman Trophy drought will continue. Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Marquise Lee, and De'Anthony Thomas will make their cases, but only Mariota will go to New York where he'll fall short.

12. A Pac 12 team will play for the national title. Stanford will again be top 10 material and if everything breaks right, the Bruins could make a run, but are likely a year away. That leaves Oregon, who will get a shot at the last BCS National title....and win it.

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