Every team in the Pac-12 must improve if it wants to win the conference next season. Every single one.
That includes reigning champion Stanford, which loses all-league-caliber players in Tyler Gaffney, David Yankey, Shayne Skov, A.J. Tarpley, Trent Murphy, Ben Gardner, Ed Reynolds, Josh Mauro and Henry Anderson.
That includes annual preseason favorite Oregon, which returns a lot of talent on both sides of the ball but lacked its usual, magic touch in its first season after losing Chip Kelly to the NFL.
That includes other contenders like UCLA, Arizona State and USC. Every team can get better from last season to next, and most of them have at least one glaring hole that needs fixing.
Even the dregs of the conference have some hope. Did anyone see how bad Auburn was in 2012? Did you recognize the team that nearly won the BCS National Championship in 2013?
Are you listening California?!
By fixing its most urgent issues, any team can rightfully compete for a conference championship. It just takes hard work, proper recognition and smart, nuanced coaching.
Every single team, after all, is technically 0-0.
Anything can happen next year.
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