Pac-12 Preview: Oregon Or Stanford In The North?

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Nov 7, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker James Vaughters (9) puts pressure on Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Oregon Ducks 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With College Football about a month away, we continue with our Pac-12 preview by examining the Pac-12 North Division. The division has existed for three years now, since the conference added Colorado and Utah. The Oregon Ducks won the inaugural Pac-12 conference championship and Pac-12 North title. The last two years; however, have belonged to the Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal have won each of the past two Pac-12 North titles and conference championships. Basically, you can determine the winner of the conference by who wins the Stanford-Oregon game. The game is in Eugene this year on November 1st. You may want to make note of that.

But it’s 2014. The past is the past. Who will wear the crown this year and try to become the fourth consecutive conference champion from the North? Will it be Oregon, who is considered the favorites by the media and returns star QB Marcus Mariota? Can Stanford repeat with a “depleted” roster? Or will someone else……nah, not going to happen.

Remember, these rankings reflect who should be considered the favorites in the North. And right now, the best team in the South Division is clearly the………