Andrew Luck's departure to the NFL after the 2011 season had many wondering if the balance of power would shift away from Stanford in the Pac-12. It didn't. Now, that question is appropriate again in 2013 as it pertains to Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon. Can Mark Helfrich keep the Ducks on top of the Pac-12 for the foreseeable future?
Just like in recent seasons, Stanford and Oregon are expected to be the class of the Pac-12. Unfortunately for both schools, they play in the North division of the conference and cannot meet in the conference's title game.
A pair of second-year coaches in the South division, UCLA's Jim Mora and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, each appear to have their respective schools headed in the right direction.
With the first Pac-12 game of the season just 79 days away, here is a look at how each team will fare in their first game.