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4May/1119

PROJECTING THE PAC 12 SOUTH STANDINGS

Posted by Rock Mayock 10:30 PM  Nothing is happening with the NFL this year so it is time to start focusing on football that actually matters, Pac 12 football! After spending time at several Spring scrimmages and getting reports from our regional correspondents, I am ready to release FOOTBALLPHDS’ projection for how the Pac 12 North and South divisions will pan out. We are starting with the Pac 12 South (ranked in descending order). Pac 12 North projections will come out on Thursday and I will be breaking down the QB position for all 12 schools on Sunday.

1. Utah (11-1): 2010 was an eventful year for the Utes. The finally joined a power conference and they also brought in a FOOTBALLPHDS favorite Norm Chow as their new OC. The Utes’ inaugural season in the Pac 12 is going to be a fruitful one. The Utes will have early season tests with their September 10 visit to USC and September 17 visit to in state rival BYU. The lone loss that I see for the Utes is the November 5 game at my projected Pac 12 South second place team, Arizona. Finishing the season 11-1, expect a superb Pac 12 Championship game between Utah and Oregon.

T2. Arizona (9-3): Mike Stoops keeps making progress for those angry Wildcats from Tucson. The Cats will have a very stiff test on the road at Oklahoma State on September 10 but I expect the veteran leadership of Nick Foles to pick up the win. The scheduling gods smiled on Arizona because they get both USC and Utah in Tucson, both of which should be upset victories.

T2. USC (9-3): As previously reported by FOOTBALLPHDS, second year coach Lane Kiffin is rumored to be on the hot seat unless he can produce a 10+ win season AND keep the football program away from the ever watching and ever scrutinizing eye of the NCAA. The good news for Lane is that this year’s schedule was custom made for a 10 win season. The out of conference schedule has perennial cupcakes Minnesota and Syracuse visiting the Coliseum, however they will be traveling to South Bend to face a much improved Brian Kelley lead Notre Dame. I expect USC to struggle at home against Utah and Arizona in addition to traveling to Eugene to face Oregon. Expect next year to be a rebound year for USC after they bring in Jeff Fisher and Matt Barkley takes his interceptions to the NFL.

4. Colorado (5-7): New coach, new QB, same results for the Buffs. Colorado will be rebuilding a program from rubble after former coach Dan Hawkins ran the program into the ground with his sorry ass son Cody pretending to play QB. The Buffs have a brutal schedule getting Stanford, Utah, Washington, and Hawaii on the road. The one bright spot on their away schedule is September 24 visit to Tressel-less and Pryor-less Ohio State. Nonetheless, expect another long year in Boulder.

5. Arizona State (4-8): In what will likely be Dennis Erickson’s final year in Tempe, the Sun Devils are looking at an uphill climb up a mountain of crap. New uniforms are not going to change the fact that they have a first year starting QB and only one defensive stud in sure fire Top 10 pick Vontez Burfect. I fully expect Erickson to be relieved of his coaching duties mid season, most likely after the October 1 ass whipping that Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers will lay on ASU in Tempe.

6. UCLA (2-10): Rick Neuheisel is another Pac 12 coach that enters the 2011 season on the hot seat. Neuheisel has enjoyed limited (and that is being generous) during his previous 3 seasons at UCLA. The biggest problem facing the Bruins is that they do not have a QB. Kevin Prince is still recovering from knee surgery, Richard Brehaut has reportedly left the football team to pursue baseball, which basically leaves the highly touted true freshman Brett Hundley as the possible starter. Couple the QB crisis with the fact that Norm Chow left the program and a new OC needs to broken in, the outlook is not so good for the hapless Bruins. I anticipate it will be a heated battle between the beleaguered Dennis Erickson and Rick Neuheisel to determine who will hold the title of Pac 12 South bottom dweller.

rock@footballphds.com

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  1. First year and Utah will win pac12 and show that they belong in major conference.

    • Seriously? Utah? The same Utah that got pounced by TCU and Boise State last year? The Same Utah that is not going to be better than last year? That is just comical.

      • As a huge Utah fan I have to say you are right. It is a comical suggestion and it isn’t happening. Utah MAY win the south next season, but it isn’t even close to a sure thing and it sure as hell won’t happen with an 11-1 record. The Utah fans I know expect 8-4. 7-5 would be disappointing, but acceptable. 6-6 would be very upsetting and a huge wake up call. A losing record would be devastating and unthinkable.

        9-3 would be thought of as overachieving and a damn good season. 10-2 would be an epic miracle while 11-1 or 12-0 are unthinkable and incomprehensible. No Utah fan I know of expects to come in and tear it up with a 11-1 record and PAC-12 championship; not a single one. Most Utah fans are not dumb and not overly confident. If you meet some of us at the games you’ll see we’re realistic and just happy to be in the PAC-12.

    • Ha, ha… This list is laughable… What homework have you done??? ASU’s D will alone keep them in the top half, if not winning it… The only reason I saw this list is because Utah tweeted it. I’ve never even heard of this site! Irrelevant site!!!

  2. You are such a Trojan hater. SC is winning the Pac12 South and Barkley is winning a Heisman. Start your man crush on Heisman Barkley now Jaboner.

    • Bruins are way better than a 2 win team. Neuheisel has had his struggles but the Bruins are going to a bowl this year.

    • Unlikely. SC can’t win the Pac-12 South due to NCAA sanctions that are probably not going to be overturned.

  3. ASU has their entire O line coming back, 8 starters on D and Mr. INT Threet is gone (he would have lost the job anyway). Veteran WR’s. ASU goes for at least 9 wins and will look good doing it in the new uni’s!

  4. The Oline is decent but the new Unis are atrocious.

  5. These are some of the worst predictions I’ve seen in a long time. Is this some sort of “punk’d” site? Utah No. 1!!???!! That’s a big L.O.L. buddy.

    • Predictions are always not spot on, but also on the flip side Utah probably has just as well of a shot at winning the south as any team, they may be new and from a mid major conference but I for one have been impressed with their play. Go SC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Where is my projection of how my alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, will do? Go Broncos! Screw the Pac 12 hype!

  7. Colorado does not have a new QB this season, Hansen is a three-year starter. And having a new coach is good for at least 2-3 more wins than last year – even under Hawkins, the Buffs played everyone close(except @ Cal) and Embree is bringing toughness and physical play to a team that wilted under pressure when coached by Hawkins.

    • It’s a competitive conference. I think bottom half of the Pac 12 is realistic for Colorado. Offense matters in the Pac 12. SEC is overrated and Pac 12 has always been the premier conference. Many teams run pro style offenses. See USC and Washingston State.

  8. Keep in mind, the only reason why they did bad at the later half of the year is because their starting quarterback (Jordan Wynn) had a shoulder injury, after pounding on Iowa St. Things are going to be a lot different this year with Wynn at full capacity.

  9. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to give something back and help others like you helped me.

  10. I agree with Casey ! WTF is this page still doing up?! Worst predictions.


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