The Pac-12 can no longer be considered the Pac-2, where USC and Oregon are the only teams people care about. Last season showed that other programs actually want to step up and be competitive. It was a terrific season for the conference that produced eight teams with a winning record.
This year looks to be similar, with eight teams returning at least 15 starters, including eight teams having their starting quarterback return. The expectations are higher for this conference than they have been in quite some time, and you can expect a lot of great football.
We are still a couple of months from the season kicking off, but now is the time to throw out bowl predictions for this improved group of teams.
Here goes nothing.