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Our Pac-12 picks

Kerry Eggers

North Division

1. Stanford (11-1 overall, 8-1 conference, 5-0 division)

Andrew Luck's leadership will carry Cardinal to Pac-12 North title.

2. Oregon (10-2, 8-1, 4-1)

Ducks will again field top-10 team, but slip at Stanford will cost them right to host inaugural Pac-12 championship game.

3. Oregon State (6-6, 4-5, 2-3)

Beavers will weather early injuries, squeeze out enough wins to be bowl-eligible.

4. California (6-6, 3-6, 2-3)

Win in non-conference game at Colorado helps propel Bears into bowl game.

5. Washington (5-7, 3-6, 2-3)

Keith Price's inexperience at QB will cost Huskies bowl berth.

6. Washington State (3-9, 1-8, 0-5)

Cougars making strides, but still out of their league.

South Division

1. Arizona State (9-3, 7-2, 4-1)

Sun Devils' bounce-back campaign earns spot in Pac-12 championship game.

2. Utah (10-2, 7-2, 3-2)

Lucky Utes miss Oregon, Stanford on schedule, but losses to ASU and USC cost them division crown.

3. Southern Cal (9-3, 6-3, 4-1)

Loss at ASU on Sept. 24 keeps Trojans from top of division standings.

4. UCLA (5-7, 3-6, 2-3)

Could be coach Rick Neuheisel's swan song at Westwood.

5. Arizona (4-8, 3-6, 2-3)

Wildcats must win two of three home games versus Stanford, Oregon and Utah to gain bowl eligibility.

6. Colorado (3-10, 1-8, 0-5)

Buffaloes' first Pac-12 season will be painful.

Jason Vondersmith

North Division

1. Stanford (10-2, 8-1, 5-0)

Take away QB Andrew Luck and it's a different story, but Cardinal beats Oregon on Nov. 12 in preeminent game.

2. Oregon (9-3, 7-2, 4-1)

Last year's team was special, this year's has holes, although Darron Thomas and LaMichael James star.

3. Oregon State (7-5, 5-4, 3-2)

Ryan Katz joins list of best Pac-12 QBs, and Beavers navigate tough league and make bowl game.

4. Washington (5-7, 3-6, 1-4)

Running back Chris Polk runs roughshod, but Huskies struggle with new QB and consistency.

5. California (4-8, 2-7, 1-4)

The shine has faded from Jeff Tedford's resume, as the homeless Bears finish out of bowl picture.

6. Washington State (4-8, 2-7, 1-4)

QB Jeff Tuel ranks among Pac-10's best, but Cougs and coach Paul Wulff can't muster winning season.

South Division

1. Arizona State (9-3, 7-2, 4-1)

The Sun Devils are loaded with talent (like LB Vontaze Burfict), and coach Dennis Erickson proves he can still win.

2. USC (8-4, 6-3, 3-2)

QB Matt Barkley and Trojans should generate plenty of offense, but dominating ways still in past.

3. Utah (8-4, 5-4, 3-2)

An easier schedule - no Oregon or Stanford - means successful first season among big boys.

4. Arizona (7-5, 5-4, 3-2)

QB Nick Foles and coach Mike Stoops help forge winning season, but upper echelon out of reach.

5. UCLA (4-8, 3-6, 1-4)

Bruins are competitive, with better offense, under coach Rick Neuheisel - but still mediocre.

6. Colorado (3-10, 1-8, 1-4)

Buffaloes are competitive as well, especially at home, but edge Cougs for cellar spot.

Stephen Alexander

North Division

1. Oregon (11-1, 9-0, 5-0)

It's way too hard to go undefeated in two straight regular seasons. Ducks lose to LSU in the opener and then drop a game to either Stanford on the road or USC at home. Still, UO heads to Rose Bowl.

2. Stanford (9-3, 6-3, 4-1)

Cardinal go through a bit of a transitional year after losing coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.

3. Oregon State (7-5, 6-3, 3-2)

With quarterback Ryan Katz having a year of experience, the Beavers go bowling again.

4. Washington (5-7, 4-5, 2-3)

Even without QB Jake Locker, coach Steve Sarkisian continues to make Huskies a respectable Pac-12 team.

5. Washington State (4-8, 2-7, 1-4)

Quarterback Jeff Tuel has a good season for a poor team.

6. California (4-8, 1-8, 0-5)

Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the game they win against Colorado doesn't count in the conference standings.

South Division

1. Arizona (9-3, 7-2, 4-1)

Wildcats come oh so close to finally winning a conference championship, but are handled easily by Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

2. Utah (10-2, 6-3, 4-1)

A loss to Arizona pinches Utes out of Pac-12 championship game.

3. USC (8-4, 6-3, 2-3)

It's hard to compete in every game when a team has no possibility of making a bowl. The most disappointing part of the season for the Trojans will be traveling to South Bend and losing to on-the-rise Notre Dame.

4. Arizona State (7-5, 4-5, 3-2)

Sun Devils make a bowl game. They will have to win it for coach Dennis Erickson to keep his job.

5. Colorado (3-10, 2-7, 1-4)

Buffalos receive a cold welcome to the Pac-12.

6. UCLA (2-10, 1-8, 1-4)

This season may be it for coach Rick Neuheisel.

Steve Brandon

North Division

1. Oregon (11-1, 9-0, 5-0)

It won't be easy at all, but somehow the Ducks run the table after falling to LSU - if Cliff Harris and others can stay in good graces. Any more distractions and Oregon falls behind Stanford, costing UO a Rose Bowl trip at least.

2. Stanford (11-1, 7-2, 4-1)

Cardinal will take Oregon down to the final moments on Nov. 12 in a toss-up game for the North title. Somehow, the Ducks defense manages to stop Stanford and preserve a very narrow and important road victory.

3. Oregon State (6-6, 4-5, 2-3)

Coach Mike Riley gets the most from a so-so Beavers collection. OSU must beat BYU in a non-conference toughie Oct. 15, though, to secure a bowl berth.

4. Washington (5-7, 3-6, 2-3)

Huskies are 4-2 at midseason before reality sets in. 

5. California (5-7, 2-7, 2-3)

Highlight of Bears' season is win over OSU in San Francisco.

6. Washington State (2-10, 0-9, 0-5)

Cougars are too much for Idaho State and San Diego State, but 2-1 start is a mirage.

South Division

1. Utah (11-1, 8-1, 5-0)

Utes' surprising bid for BCS consideration gets derailed in Oct. 15 letdown/setback at Pitt, one week after host Utah edges ASU in game that ultimately decides division crown.

2. Arizona State (9-3, 7-2, 4-1)

After losses to Utah and Oregon, the Sun Devils finish with five straight wins to earn a solid bowl berth.

3. USC (8-4, 7-2, 3-2)

Trojans are formidable behind QB Matt Barkley, but can they start fast enough to beat visiting Utah on Sept. 10 and win at ASU on Sept. 24? Even losing those two games, USC has a decent year for a team ineligible for the Pac-12 title.

4. Arizona (5-7, 3-6, 2-3)

Wildcats go 1-5 in first half of regular season and can't recover.

5. UCLA (5-7, 3-6, 1-4)

Bruins' return to prominence is still a year or two away.

6. Colorado (2-11, 1-8, 0-5)

Buffaloes will have to bulk up on the recruiting trail to hang with the best in the Pac-12.