Oregon: Best running back rotation in the country in Royce Freeman, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner. They found potential B+ level replacements for both Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu. They play in the weaker division and only really have to prep for beating Stanford to win the North. The Ducks will drop off a tad, but it'll be enough to win the Pac-12.
College football is like a JJ Abrams movie. It's loud, full of passion and excitement in the middle, high tech cinematography, and then at the end everything is boring and anti-climactic.
Nik Jam: Oregon will not be a national factor (my bold prediction from an earlier roundtable) but I still see them winning the Pac-12 north, perhaps even running the tables against their 5 Northern rivals. Stanford will not be as good as people think, Cal and Washington will barely make a bowl game, and Oregon State and Washington State will struggle.
The South is a bigger question. Five of the six South teams can all make a legit preseason case to be the champs. I will go with Arizona State. They keep most of their pieces from last season's successful campaign. Plus, it will be typiCAL to watch the Devils clinch the South title on our field Thanksgiving weekend. Hashtag DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
PerryScope: Pac-12 North: This division is significantly worse than the south. Let's briefly discuss each team's chances of reaching the title game.
In the title game, I see ASU finally getting over the hump and winning the conference.