Predicting the Pac-12 North


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A heart-wrenching loss to Stanford last year was the only thing keeping the Ducks from reaching the National Title game and kept us from becoming just the fourth team all-time to win four straight conference championships outright.  We owe them some payback, so it’s time to predict the Pac-12 North and see where those trees will finish.

6) Washington St. After enjoying a more competitive season (including an Apple Cup win), Mike Leach’s Washington State is still destined to be the cellar dwellers of the North.

5) CAL.  There’s just too much turnover for this consistently underachieving program.

4) Washington.  I know, I know, they are always ready to improve.  However, the inconsistent play of Keith Price will be their ultimate downfall.

3) Oregon State.  Cody Vaz will improve now that he won’t have to look over his shoulder for Sean Mannion, and the Beavers have a pretty talented squad.  Never count out a Mike Riley coached squad.

2) Stanford.  This is tough.  I thought about Oregon here, but I think the inexperience of Hogan and the loss of linemen and Stepfan Taylor give the Ducks the edge.

1) Oregon.  This is a really close call.  Oregon has to play at Stanford, but I’m not betting against a more experienced Marcus Mariota.

Obviously this is a way too early prediction of how the Pac-12 North will unfold.  However, I am pretty confident that the representative of the North in the Pac-12 championship game will be the winner of the Oregon-Stanford game down in Palo Alto.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.  

  • Doug Mai

    Oregon as long as their not banned from any Bowl Games, Is right now the most TALENTED Team Eugene has ever had, and don’t think the LBs will be a issue, so I fully expect this Team to clearly being focused at the task at hand and that will be a perfect record and 1st ever National Championship. Last years Team had the worst ever injury problem of any past Oregon Team and just don’t see that being an issue this year. They will more than handle their own down in Palo this year. You know why because Chips EGO is no longer an issue with this Team anymore and Helfrich with the most talented Coaching staff in all College Football will open the Flood gates and offensively there will be NO Defense capable of shutting them down, and the Defense will be the Best in the Pac this year, So everybody get ready for the best season ever in Eugene!