Parity, it appears, will rule the Pac-12 this season. Could the Pac-12 miss out on the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row?
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Washington and Washington State are two of the more intriguing Pac-12 Conference title contenders this season in part because they return established questions.
Few in the Pac-12 can boast that.
The Huskies and the Cougars are two of just four teams in the conference that return their starting quarterback — UCLA and Colorado being the others — making the Pac-12 race as unpredictable as ever.
Of the 24 players chosen to represent their programs as the Pac-12 media days event here this week, only one (Colorado’s Sefo Liufau) is a quarterback.
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Stanford was chosen as the conference favorite in a poll of media members — the first time in the 56-year history of the poll that that’s happened — but it’s not an overwhelming one in a year many see parity as perhaps the Pac-12’s distinctive quality.
The Huskies were picked second in the Pac-12 North and received four votes (out of the 33 voters) to win the conference championship. USC (with 5 votes), UCLA (3) and Utah (1) also received votes to win the title.
“I am confident that nobody has as many good teams as the Pac-12,” commissioner Larry Scott said.
The question is whether there is one Pac-12 team good enough to emerge as one of four teams bound for the College Football Playoff? Or will the Pac-12 miss out on a shot at the national championship game for the second year in a row?