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Who you got in the Pac-12 conference this season? Oregon? Stanford? Or will an L.A. team crash the party? That's just one of the many questions from this intriguing conference, where a top team (those Ducks) has a new head coach, and several offensive studs compete for a shot at the Heisman Trophy.

  • Which team will win the Pac-12 title this season?

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  • Which Los Angeles team has the best chance of winning the Pac-12 title this season?

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  • Will a Pac-12 team play in the BCS National Championship this season?

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  • Which Arizona team is the bigger Pac-12 sleeper?

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  • How much will Chip Kelly's departure hurt Oregon?

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  • Which of these players has the best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy this season?

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Things are pretty interesting in the Pac-12 these days. Oregon is a perennial contender but just lost coach Chip Kelly to the NFL. Stanford, too, saw a star coach (Jim Harbaugh) and QB (Andrew Luck) depart not long ago but went on to win the conference last season. Then there's the rise of UCLA, USC's constant state of flux and many other bits of intrigue out West. How will these teams stack up in 2013? Click on the boxes to make your picks!

2013 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 4-5

Arizona State

Arizona State

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

California

California

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 2-7

Colorado

Colorado

2012 overall: 1-11
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

Oregon

Oregon

2012 overall: 12-1
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

Oregon State

Oregon State

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

Stanford

Stanford

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

UCLA

UCLA

2012 overall: 9-5
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

USC

USC

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Utah

Utah

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Pac-12: 3-6

Washington

Washington

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

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Pac12

The Trojans make their return from a two-year bowl ban with the focus on winning not only the Pac-12 title but a national championship. With the 19 returning starters from the 10-2 team of 2011, will USC dethrone Oregon as conference champion? Click on the team logos to set your rankings!

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2012 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2011 overall: 4-8
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

Arizona State

Arizona State

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

California

California

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

Colorado

Colorado

2011 overall: 3-10
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

Oregon

Oregon

2011 overall: 12-2
2011 Pac-12: 8-1

Oregon State

Oregon State

2011 overall: 3-9
2011 Pac-12: 3-6

Stanford

Stanford

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 Pac-12: 8-1

UCLA

UCLA

2011 overall: 6-8
2011 Pac-12: 5-4

USC

USC

2011 overall: 10-2
2011 Pac-12: 7-2

Utah

Utah

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Pac-12: 4-5

Washington

Washington

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2011 overall: 4-8
2011 Pac-12: 2-7

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 1 Oregon at California

Jonathan (NYC)

Mel, what do you think of LaMichael James' NFL draft prospects if he were to decide to leave early this year? Is he a first-round talent in this year's draft? And If he were to come back to Oregon, what does he need to work on to improve his position?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

He's a third-year sophomore. Second highest rated running back that is draft eligible behind Ingram. Great quickness and power for his size. His main thing right now is staying healthy so he can prove his durability. He has to show he can be more than a situational performer at the next level. He only has eight receptions this year out of the backfield, so that is something to watch. At the pro level he will need to be more of a factor in the passing game. He will also need to factor into the return game which he hasn't done in college. But he is a big-time talent. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for Georgia at No. 2 Auburn

Alex (Columbia, SC)

I saw that Auburn almost overtook Oregon in the BCS. Do you see them taking the Number 1 position back?

Brad Edwards
Brad Edwards

No, I don't. This was a result of TCU's big win jumping them over Oregon in several computers, thus causing the Ducks to weaken in the computer element. Oregon has a much stronger schedule than TCU the rest of the way and should regain that ground in the computers. The only way Oregon falls from No. 1 in the BCS is if it loses a lot of its first-place votes in the polls. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 19 Mississippi State at No. 12 Alabama

Jamie (Provo, UT)

Do you believe Miss. State will beat Alabama this Saturday?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

Yes. I think this will be a real gut check for Alabama. The Tide isn't going to win the national championship. They're playing a team with a lot of emotion after the death of Nick Bell. Full transcript

Game 4: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 23 South Carolina at No. 22 Florida

Mike (Pageland, SC)

The Gamecocks travel to Gainesville this weekend to try and win their first SEC East title. How do you like their chances after the beat down from Arkansas last weekend?

Beano Cook
Beano Cook

Number one, that game meant nothing. I agree that South Carolina should have played a little better. I am rooting for South Carolina and Steve Spurrier, but I think Florida will win. It would be ironic if Florida and Auburn met for the SEC title! Full transcript

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It won't be an easy weekend for BCS Cinderellas, even though they're all playing at home. Cincinnati faces No. 25 West Virginia, TCU gets the pressure of GameDay and No. 16 Utah, and Boise State deals with a surprising 7-3 Idaho (and a visiting AD who doesn't like to fly on planes with Broncos markings).

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