Playoff Teams? Impact Games? Five Questions Entering the 2015 Pac-12 Football Season


The 2015 Pac-12 College Football season begins in six days with Utah taking on Michigan in the Big House. It will be another year of intrigue in the Conference from week to week to see who can make it to the Pac-12 Championship in December, and what teams or teams will make a run for the National Championship. Our own Mike Vamosi, takes a look at five questions that should help answer some of these questions.

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Question 1: How many playoff teams will the PAC-12 get?

The conference looks to be top loaded with Oregon, Southern California, UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford and Arizona all ranked it be foolish to think two teams might make the playoffs this season. We’re biased but the PAC-12 might be the deepest power-5 league in all the land which could lead to multiple teams in the College Football Playoff.

Question 2: Who wins the PAC-12 South?

This season I think it’s safe to say the PAC-12 South is deeper than the North with both LA plus Arizona schools. It’ll come down to quarterback play which as of today USC might have the best returning guy not named Kevin Hogan. Cody Kessler plus Sark have yet to figure out Jim Mora’s Bruins.

Question 3: Will there be a third team contending in the North?

Oregon and Stanford are sitting on top the perch with both teams being the only division/league champions over the past six seasons. Can a Washington or California make a major move this season or will these two continue their dominance?

Question 4: Which November game has the biggest impact?

Oregon and Stanford meet on the 14th, the next Saturday Arizona is at Arizona State and USC travels to Eugene then the following is the crosstown showdown between Bruins and Trojans at the Coliseum. All three likely will shape who plays in Santa Clara, plus serve as elimination games.

Question 5: Who’s Utah?

Do we know? Last season the Utes had impressive wins against Stanford, UCLA and USC but slipped up against Washington State and nearly Oregon State. They could be a dark horse team that either can be surprise or spoiler in a division that they’re likely to be an early after thought.

The regular season begins for Oregon on Saturday, September 5th as the Ducks host Eastern Washington at 5pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Networks.

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