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Power Ranking Every Pac-12 Football Team Heading into 2014

Power Ranking Every Pac-12 Football Team Heading into 2014

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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott oversaw one of the best college football seasons in Pac-10/Pac-12 history last year as the conference produced plenty of prominent and formidable programs. This year looks to be even better, especially with new coaches like Chris Petersen in Washington and Steve Sarkisian in USC after previously being at Washington.

This is my Pac-12 power rankings by division.

6. Pac-12 North: California Golden Bears

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6. Pac-12 North: California Golden Bears

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The California Golden Bears had one of the worst seasons in program history last year, going 1-11 and finishing winless in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears will be lucky to win at least three games this year, especially when Cal has to host UCLA, Oregon and Stanford and travel to USC, which blew them out last year.

5. Pac-12 North: Washington State Cougars

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5. Pac-12 North: Washington State Cougars

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The Washington State Cougars will be more competitive this season after a up and down season. The Cougars lost four games by at least 24 points and collapsed in their bowl game against Colorado State. Even with the loss of first-round safety Deone Bucannon, the Cougars have a solid team led by QB Connor Halliday. Washington State will host Oregon and USC and travel to Stanford and Arizona State.

4. Pac-12 North: Oregon State Beavers

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4. Pac-12 North: Oregon State Beavers

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After several years of mediocrity, the Oregon State Beavers seem to be back on track in the Pac-12 with an impressive offense last year and an impressive bowl win over Boise State. This year, the Beavers will be without stars in Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton, but coach Mike Riley has a solid team coming back. The Beavers will have to travel to USC and Stanford as well as hosting Oregon in the final week of the season.

3. Pac-12 North: Washington Huskies

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3. Pac-12 North: Washington Huskies

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The Huskies lost a lot of offensive firepower this year with the departures of players like Bishop Sankey, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Keith Price, but with new head coach Chris Petersen in the fold, there shouldn't be much of a drop-off. The Huskies will host Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State and travel to Oregon.

2. Pac-12 North: Stanford Cardinal

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2. Pac-12 North: Stanford Cardinal

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Stanford has played in four straight BCS bowl games and has claimed the Pac-12 conference title in each of the last two seasons. The Cardinal lost some key players on both sides of the ball, but Stanford has recovered from key personnel losses in the past. They will have to travel to Notre Dame, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA as well as host USC in just the second week of the season.

1. Pac-12 North: Oregon Ducks

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1. Pac-12 North: Oregon Ducks

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The Ducks not only return Heisman Trophy front-runner in Marcus Mariota, but they also return several offensive playmakers in Braylon Addison and Jake Fisher. Oregon has tough road tests this year against UCLA and Oregon State, but they get both Michigan State and Stanford at home. If the Ducks get by Stanford, expect an undefeated season.

6. Pac-12 South: Colorado Buffaloes

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6. Pac-12 South: Colorado Buffaloes

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Last year seemed like a miracle that the Colorado Buffaloes won four games, but don't expect any 5-7 or 6-6 seasons this year. After the loss of WR Paul Richardson to the NFL, the Buffaloes lack any firepower on either side of the ball. The Buffaloes travel to USC, Arizona and Oregon as well as host Arizona State, UCLA and Washington.

5. Pac-12 South: Utah Utes

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5. Pac-12 South: Utah Utes

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The Utah Utes have had a couple of average seasons the past few years, and this year will be no exception after the losses of defenders Trevor Reilly and Keith McGill to the NFL. Utah will travel to Michigan, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State and Stanford as well as hosting USC, Oregon and Arizona.

4. Pac-12 South: Arizona Wildcats

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4. Pac-12 South: Arizona Wildcats

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The Arizona Wildcats will lose their starting backfield this year as both QB B.J. Denker and RB Ka'Deem Carey graduated and entered the NFL, respectively. The Wildcats have to travel to Oregon and UCLA this year and host USC, Washington and Washington State in their quest to exceed back-to-back 7-5 seasons.

3. Pac-12 South: Arizona State Sun Devils

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3. Pac-12 South: Arizona State Sun Devils

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The Arizona State Sun Devils had what to some was a miracle run last season and reached the Pac-12 Championship game. A repeat of last year may be too difficult after the losses of Will Sutton and Carl Bradford on defense as well as Marion Grice on offense. The Sun Devils host UCLA, Stanford and Notre Dame as well as travel to USC.

2. Pac-12 South: USC Trojans

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2. Pac-12 South: USC Trojans

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The USC Trojans lost several good players in Marqise Lee, Marcus Martin and Dion Bailey to the NFL, but they return several star players for first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans won't have to play Oregon this year, but they will travel to Stanford and UCLA as well as host Fresno State, Arizona State and Notre Dame.

1. Pac-12 South: UCLA Bruins

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1. Pac-12 South: UCLA Bruins

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The UCLA Bruins will be the favorites in the Pac-12 South with the returns of both QB Brett Hundley and running back Myles Jack. The Bruins will have to replace several key defenders in Anthony Barr and Cassius Marsh, but they have plenty of good, young defensive players. UCLA will travel to Texas and Arizona State as well as host Oregon, USC and Stanford.