Pac-12 Football: Way-Too-Early South Power Rankings

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Pac-12 Football: Way-Too-Early South Power Rankings
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Competitive balance has defined the Pac-12 South since the conference's expansion in 2011. The division's had three teams end the regular season with the best record in as many years: USC in 2011, UCLA in 2012 and Arizona State last season.

However, the South has also played second fiddle to its North counterparts.

Teams from the North have won all three Pac-12 Championship games, and while Arizona State earned the conference's best league record this past season, Stanford ran roughshod over the Sun Devils in the 2013 title game. Indeed, the South is playing catch-up.

But the tide could turn in 2014. While teams from the South face more collective uncertainty than the North, the division's front-runner is a contender to take home the conference championship.

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