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Poll: Which Pac-12 division is stronger?

9/18/2012

As conference play gets into full swing this week, there appears to be an interesting power struggle between the two divisions.

And that got your Pac-12 bloggers thinking that would make a heck of a poll question. Which division is stronger?

The South has three teams ranked in the AP top 25 while the North only has two. But the North's two teams are ranked higher -- Oregon at No. 3 and Stanford at No. 9. In the South, USC is ranked at 13, with UCLA at 19 and Arizona at 22.

The preseason thought was that the North was far and away the stronger division. But we've seen a lot of preseason theories blow up in these first three weeks.

With Stanford's win over USC last week, the North is 1-0 against South teams. Is that going to hold up over the course of the season?

We could go a long way toward figuring it out this week. Of the five Pac-12 games on the weekend docket, four of them are North-South matchups:

  • Cal at USC

  • Arizona at Oregon

  • Oregon State at UCLA

  • Colorado at Washington State

Only Utah and Arizona State play an intra-division game. One division appears more top heavy, while the other seems to have more depth. So the question, from top to bottom, which Pac-12 division is stronger?