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4. Oregon

Oregon played for its first national title in 2010, losing to Auburn on a last-second field goal, and more than a few Ducks believe they didn't play anything approaching their best game. There's only one way the Ducks, two-time defending Pac-10 champions, can do better in 2011: Get back to the championship game and win. While this team has some questions -- and the schedule is rugged -- it also has the talent to run the table and end up in New Orleans on Jan. 9. It starts in the backfield with running back LaMichael James, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and quarterback Darron Thomas. Both lines need to be rebuilt, but there's confidence answers can be found. We'll see against LSU on Sept. 3.
-- Ted Miller, ESPN.com Pac-12 blogger