Predicting The Pac-12 Football Standings

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Oct 18, 2014; Berkeley, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora Jr. stands on the field before the start of the game against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The South Division

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Call it “homer”-ism or call it truth but I seriously believe UCLA will win the South Division. Though I have them losing at Stanford and at Utah (in mid-November of all times) it is my belief that the Bruins have enough to make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

This is the best team in the Jim Mora era and despite not yet naming a quarterback, they look to be a very lethal team, especially on defense.

Up next, and believe me, it was very hard to decide some of these match-ups, Arizona State finishes one game behind the Bruins. I have them losing 3 out of 4 games in the middle of a tough stretch of the season at UCLA, at Utah and at Oregon. They right themselves towards the end of the year, but at that point it is too late to win the division.

USC, Arizona and Utah come in tied in the overall standings at 8-4, but with the Trojans winning the tie-breaker against the Wildcats and Utes, USC gets the #3 spot. Arizona, though having a very good season, has losses to UCLA, Stanford, USC and in-state rival ASU.

I would have picked Utah in a few more games, but their overhauled coaching staff has me worried. With the Utes already having trouble breaking into the top half of the Pac-12 South, their instability will hinder them this season.

As for Colorado, well, it was nice knowing Mike MacIntyre.

Next: The Pac-12 Championship