Later games against USC and Stanford won't be as meaningful if the Ducks can't survive a three-game stretch vs. Washington State, Washington and Cal.
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At least three Pac-12 quarterbacks appear as shoo-ins to reach the 3,000-yard plateau. Who will join them? A team-by-team look.
You'd think 33 wins over three seasons would make a coach untouchable. Not so at Oregon, where Mark Helfrich is on less stable ground than his peers.
Which game from each conference will have the biggest impact on the league champion and thus the College Football Playoff?
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The Pac-12 had six receivers reach 1,000 yards last season. How many can we expect to hit quadruple figures this year?
Some will have playoff implications. Some feature a team that needs to finally shut up its rival. Others might save a coach's job. Here are the games that have a little extra meaning in 2016.
The Week 1 slate is a veritable smorgasbord, with bluebloods in Texas and football in Sydney. Here's the most pressing storyline for each Pac-12 team.
Which Pac-12 schools are likely to feature a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016? Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington are among the strong bets.
After unsuccessful tryouts with the Seahawks and Redskins, ex-Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams has his CFL rights acquired by the Montreal Alouettes.
It's a West Coast conundrum: If a player turns in the most outstanding season in the nation, but his games are played while much of the country is sleeping, can he win the Heisman Trophy?
Patience is waning for Charlie Strong at Texas and James Franklin at Penn State, while Mark Helfrich at Oregon faces a pivotal season.
Likely the most intriguing game nationally in Week 1, USC will face defending national champion Alabama in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3.
USC is an early 10-point underdog to Alabama and the Apple Cup is a pick'em in some early Pac-12 odds.
As the focal point of the powerful Oregon offense, running back Royce Freeman is the player the Ducks can least afford to lose this season.
Excitement about Washington's Pac-12 prospects this season is as high as it's been in many years. Should this worry Huskies believers?
Unsuprisingly, Oregon's stable of receivers is among the deepest in the nation, but the Ducks have considerable competition in Washington State.
There are several new coordinators in the Pac-12. Brady Hoke might be the one to make the most immediate impact. He also faces the most pressure.
Three Pac-12 teams have backfields that should be among the nation's best in 2016.
Stanford, USC, Washington, Oregon and UCLA made Mark Schlabach's 2016 Way-Too-Early Top 25. See where they rank.
Oregon's quarterback race is far from settled after spring ball, as Travis Jonsen is giving the favored Dakota Prukop a run for the starting job.
Stanford and Oregon have dominated the Pac-12 North since the conference expanded, but that trend could begin changing this season.
Washington and Washington State won't be lacking leadership and talent at QB, with Jake Browning and Luke Falk returning to their respective schools.
Is a Pac-16 possible?
In the spirit of conference expansion chatter, our Ryan McGee has an idea. He shook up the Pac-12, added four teams and juggled divisions to help create a more balanced CFB map. Which teams are in the new North and the new South? Flipping the field
Oregon vs UC Davis Aggies
Autzen Stadium - Fri 9/2