2012 PAC-12 North Football Projections

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Now just 12 days from the beginning of college football, its time to unveil the 2012 PAC-12 North Division projections! On Thursday, August 30, the Washington State Cougars, under new coach Mike Leach, will travel to Provo to take on the Brigham Young Cougars at 10:15 PM EST on ESPN. On Friday, the Stanford Cardinal will host the San Jose State Spartans at 10:00 PM EST.

 

On Saturday, September 1, the remaining four PAC-12 North teams are in action, with the California Golden Bears hosting the Nevada Wolfpack at 3:00 PM EST. The Oregon State Beavers will look to erase their collective memories from last year’s loss to an FCS opponent when they host the FCS Nicholls State Colonials at 3:00 PM EST. Two games conclude the first weekend of college football, with the Washington Huskies hosting the San Diego State Aztecs and the defending PAC-12 Champion Oregon Ducks hosting the Arkansas State Red Wolves – both games are at 10:30 PM EST with the Oregon game being televised on ESPN.

 

Projected

Team

Overall

Conference

1

Oregon

(11-1)

(8-1)

2t

California

(7-5)

(5-4)

2t

Washington State

(7-5)

(5-4)

2t

Oregon State

(6-6)

(5-4)

2t

Stanford

(8-4)

(5-4)

2t

Washington

(7-5)

(5-4)

 

Meet the favorites . . .

 

(1) Oregon Ducks

The Ducks have posted four straight double-digit win seasons, including back-to-back 12 win seasons under Coach Chip Kelly. The more impressive fact is that this has been done with little continuity at quarterback (Jeremiah Masoli in 2008 and 2009, Darron Thomas in 2010 and 2011). With Thomas’ departure for the NFL, the quarterback spot is again up for grabs. The race is down to freshman Marcus Mariota and sophomore Bryan Bennett. Bennett saw time last season, while Mariota looked great in the spring game. Oregon’s first, and maybe only, test takes place on November 3rd, at USC. The November slate of games is more challenging than the rest of the schedule and will likely determine whether the Ducks make it three straight seasons with at least 12 wins.

 

(2) California Golden Bears

As you can tell from the above predictions, there is a logjam at second place. California is here based on my predictions that they go 3-1 against the other teams (wins against Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington). Coach Jeff Tedford has been the head coach of the Golden Bears since 2002. In his ten seasons, he has taken them to eight bowl games. In the previous ten years, the Golden Bears had only been to two bowl games! Despite their success under Tedford, California has tended to be a forgotten team – they only have posted double digit wins twice under Tedford. Zach Maynard’s passing accuracy should improve this season, helping to improve Cal’s conference standing. Cal gets Oregon and Stanford at home, but makes trips to USC and Utah.

 

(3) Washington State Cougars

Yes, I’m buying into the Mike Leach hype, and here is why. In his ten seasons at Texas Tech, Leach made a bowl game each season, going 6-4 in those games. While he did not appear in the Big 12 title game, he did have a share of the divisional title in 2008 and finished no worse than fourth in the South Division each season. Leach was 53-11 at home, but only 24-28 on the road. More importantly, against top 25 opponents at home, he was 7-7, keep in mind, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, were the power teams in the Big 12 then, with the Sooners and Longhorns facing the Red Raiders each season. Seven wins might be overly optimistic for the Cougars this year, but he has quarterbacks with experience (Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday) and a solid wide receiver in Marquess Wilson. The defense has been the problem for the Cougars as of late, and Mike Breske, the new defensive coordinator, should work to rectify that problem.

 

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