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Why the Pac-12 Isn’t as Wide Open as We Think

As we suffer through the doldrums of summer, wasting time with friends and family, waiting for the 2019 NCAA football to finally kick-off, questions abound. Who is the next Patrick Mahomes? Can Chip Kelly’s players finally eat something other than grilled chicken and steamed vegetables? Which schools will win their conference and, by the grace of your chosen deity, be contending for a spot in the National Championship bracket? With only a couple of teams truly in contention from many of the country’s major conferences, the Pac-12, doesn’t appear to have a clear front runner from either division.

First, we have to admit that, yes, Nick Saban is the golden God of college football and should probably be the odds-on favorite to win the whole darn thing...again. Second, and as much as it hurts my heart to admit, the Pac-12 getting to a bowl game NOT sponsored by a regional fast-food chain isn’t a foregone conclusion, much less being part of the National Championship discussion. But there is some enjoyment in discussing just which school will be playing for the right to rep the West for the affection of Daddy Mac’s Chicken Shack. Many have pondered, few have delved. With this being the case, and so eloquently asked by the great Queen Daenerys Targaryen, shall we begin?

Returning Champ: Washington

Queue Motorhead.

Down the aisle, showcasing a shiny new 2018 Pac-12 Championship, strut the Washington Huskies. Fresh off their 10-3 November victory over Utah, hope for a repeat performance springs eternal in the Pacific Northwest. And why not? Under head coach Chris Peterson, Washington was finally able to emerge from underneath the significant, decade long shadow of Stanford and Oregon to take two of the last three conference titles. Boasting one of the best coaches in the country and a penchant for developing talent, there’s no reason to think Washington will lose ground heading into the 2019 season.

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