College Football: 2014 Pac-12 Predictions

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College Football: 2014 Pac-12 Predictions
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The Pac-12 Conference continues to improve more and more each season. There is better coaching, solid quarterback play and teams that can contend for national championships. 

Mark Helfrich’s Oregon Ducks are a heavy favorite to be one of the teams in the final four of the College Football Playoff with arguably the best quarterback in the country, Marcus Mariota. While Oregon hopes to end its two-year Pac-12 title drought, Stanford will look to ruin its chances of advancing to a national championship again.   

David Shaw has only done good things at Stanford and will be looking for a third consecutive league title. Out of the South Division, it will be UCLA that wants to finally get over the hump and play in a major bowl game. 

Two teams to watch for in the Pac-12 will be Washington and USC. The Huskies gain highly regarded former Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who could be the best thing the program has had in years. The Trojans were fortunate enough to get Steve Sarkisian back from Washington, after he took the job in 2009. These are two teams that could cause chaos in the league this season, but both programs could be a year or two away from winning a conference title.  

In a league, which includes quarterbacks Mariota, Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion, Connor Halliday, Kevin Hogan, Taylor Kelly and Cody Kessler, there is bound to be entertaining matchups in Pac-12 play this year.

The conference should be well represented in the new College Football Playoff with at least two teams playing in the six major bowl games. 

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