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Golden Nuggets: Sports Illustrated Picks Cal to Go 6-6, Finish Third in Pac-12 North

Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated ran an in-depth preview of the Pac-12 and predicted where each team will finish in the conference standings. The conference features 8 bowl-eligible teams, but it looks like a brutal finish for Cal and UW.

How They'll Finish
NORTH Conference Overall
Oregon 8-1 11-1
Stanford 6-3 9-3
Cal 4-5 6-6
Washington 4-5 6-6
Washington State 4-5 6-6
Oregon State 3-6 4-8
SOUTH Conference Overall
USC 8-1 11-1
Utah 6-3 9-3
UCLA 5-4 7-5
Arizona 3-6 4-8
Arizona State 2-7 4-8
Colorado 1-8 3-9
Championship Game: Oregon beats USC

I don't buy the Stanford hype. They lost Andrew Luck, two starters on the O-line, their top two receivers, and their best tight end. I can see their season looking much like Cal's 2008 season: a great defense, a solid running game, and a maddeningly inconsistent passing game. I'd be surprised if the Lobsterbacks finish ahead of Cal and UW, let alone two games better in the conference standings.

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