- Utah, 11-1, 8-1
- UCLA, 7-5, 6-3
- USC, 7-5, 5-4
- Arizona State, 6-6, 4-5
- Arizona, 4-8, 2-7
- Colorado, 1-11, 0-9
The situation with the top teams in the North is similar to the potential top team in the South. The combination of a weak non-conference schedule and being a team that is (on paper) better than the other teams in the South gives Utah the advantage here. Wins against UCLA and USC will keep them on top while their sole loss will come at the hands of the North’s Washington. This will give them enough to claim the division once again, but it will be close.
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Until a team dethrones Utah, it is going to be a fight for second place and hopefully UCLA will have picked up enough steam by the end of the seaosn to claim that spot. The Bruins have a treacherous schedule ahead of them and if they can navigate through it, they should be not only improve off of their 3-9 performance from the previous season but should also become bowl eligible. That is a big stepup for this program.
USC still has a lot of talent on the roster, but their fundamental issues deep within the program will keep them grounded. They will also improve off of their last season, but only slightly as they too have a tough schedule in 2019 which consists of Stanford, UW, Notre Dame, Oregon, and UCLA. ASU will also make some adjustments in their second year with Herm Edwards, but a tough middle stretch of the season will test them. Luckily, the schedule gets easier at the end, which will give them a few more “Ws.”
Arizona also has a tough schedule, similar to USC’s, but they do not have the talent that the Trojans do, resulting in a lot of losses in the South. The same goes for Colorado, but things are not as good for the Buffs as they are the Wildcats. A monstrous meltdown at the end of last season forced their former coach out, which means Colorado has some adjusting to do with the next coach.
Here is a look at all of my predictions.
In the end, similar to last season, the Pac-12 Championship Game will see Washington and Utah participating with the Huskies claiming another title.