I wrote a Pac-12 preview for the Sporting News and the first thing I noticed was how tough Stanford’s schedule is to start the season and how many good nonconference games there are next season.
The Cardinal open the season hosting Northwestern, play USC at the Coliseum, at Central Florida (25-1 the past two seasons) and home to league-favorite Oregon. After facing Oregon State, Stanford then hosts Washington and ends the season facing Notre Dame.
Who did I pick to win the Pac-12 South? Not USC.
The Sporting News picked four teams in its preseason top 25:
No. 13 Oregon
No. 14 Washington
No. 19 Washington State
No. 21 Stanford
All Pac-12 North teams ranked above. One surprise to me is USC has only the fifth-best overall record the past four years despite those two 10-win seasons during the Darnold era.
Pac-12 four-year trends: Overall record
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