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Both Oregon and Stanford play in the Pac-12 North and only one of them can play in the league's championship game.
No matter which of those two teams represents the North, is there any team in the Pac-12 that can knock them both out of the championship game?
The Washington Huskies only lose center Drew Schaefer and fullback Jonathan Amosa on the offense and defensive end Talia Crichton and defensive backs Desmond Trufant and Justin Glenn on the defense. In all, the Huskies return 17 starters, so this is a veteran group.
The O-line was dinged up badly all last season so the offense's point production was average, but the team still managed to go 7-6 with lots of injuries. If everyone stays healthy and quarterback Keith Price can be kept from running for his life on every play, then the Huskies could be a sleeper in the North.
Arizona returns everyone on defense, but it must replace quarterback Matt Scott, the league's most productive passer, as well as find a center. Still, the Wildcats look—on paper—to be a sleeper in the South, but their spring practices will see a lot of unfamiliar faces, as 13 players won't be available to due to injury.
Here is the updated walking wounded list from the Tucson Citizen:
OL Jacob Arzouman (knee), LB C.J. Dozier (shoulder), WR Trevor Ermisch (hernia), LB Marquis Flowers (shoulder), TE Nolan Heyer (knee), OL Lene Maiava (knee), CB Jonathan McKnight (shoulder), DE Dan Pettinato (knee), WR David Richards (foot), CB Shaquille Richardson (shoulder), QB Jesse Scroggins (foot), DL Kirifi Taula (shoulder).
*the number of returning starters may vary, depending on the team's definition of starter