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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.