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2015 PAC-12
College Football
Season Preview

Please note: Our conference reports analyze what the Congrove Computer Rankings preseason forecast predicts. Team power ratings change weekly during the season to reflect the actual results of the games. For projecting results, 3 points are added to the home team.

During the 2014 season, from beginning to end, including bowl games:
Overall, 9 teams gained 10 or more "power points". TCU led the gainers at 19.79, followed by Georgia Southern at 18.98.
Among current PAC-12 teams, California gained the most 12.65 points.
Overall, 21 teams gained 5.00 - 9.99 points.
Overall, 26 teams gained less than 5 points.
Overall, 37 teams fell less than 5 points.
Overall, 25 teams fell 5.00-9.99 points.
Overall, 10 teams fell 10 power points or more. SMU fell the most at 15.26, followed by UTSA at 14.74.
Among current PAC-12 teams, Oregon State fell the most at 8.68
Overall, the average change of teams in 2014 was a loss of 0.33 points.
Among current PAC-12 teams, the average change in 2014 was a gain of 0.96 points.

2015 Conference Preview
PAC-12 North
  Team Over-All
1. Oregon 11-1 9-0 7 89.75 36
2. Stanford 7-5 5-4 44 74.19 6
3. Washington 4-8 3-6 70 73.66 3
4. *-California 5-7 2-7 64 70.53 13
5. *-Washington State 4-8 2-7 88 59.96 37
6. Oregon State 2-10 1-8 102 58.68 21
*-Tie-breaker: Cal beats Washington State
PAC-12 South
  Team Over-All
1. UCLA 11-1 8-1 8 87.02 31
2. *-Arizona State 10-2 7-2 12 86.53 15
3. *-USC 9-3 7-2 15 85.57 2
4. Arizona 9-3 6-3 29 77.82 50
5. Utah 7-5 4-5 34 80.79 1
6. Colorado 1-12 0-9 112 59.48 12
*-Tie-breaker: Arizona State beats USC

Championship: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in Santa Clara, 7:45 (ESPN) or 8:00 (ABC)
Oregon VS. UCLA

Conference Champ
Title Game Result: Oregon by 2.73

Also See:
PAC-12 Preseason Media Poll


PAC-12 North teams are 4-0 since the inception of a conference championship game and their dominance won't end in 2015, at last not according to the preseason forecast based on the Congrove Computer Rankings.

The computer calls for an Oregon-UCLA showdown in Santa Clara with the Ducks prevailing by 2.73. It would be a second straight disappointing loss for UCLA which the computer projects to win its first 11 games of the season before encountering rival USC as a slim 1.54-point underdog.

While Oregon is a computer lock to win the North, the South looks to be wild and crazy with 5 of the 6 teams having a legitimate shot at making a run to the top of the division. The computer's top 3 are especially close with no more than 1.45 power points separating UCLA, Arizona State and USC.

Oregon has more than a 15 power point advantage in the North over predicted 2nd-place finisher Stanford (7-5), and those are the only two teams on that side of the PAC-12 that are even predicted to top the .500 mark.

PAC-12 teams have the three toughest schedules in the country. Utah tops that list, followed by USC and Washington. Additionally, Stanford takes on the No. 6 schedule.

Oregon State is the only PAC-12 team with a new head coach in 2015 as Gary Andersen takes over for Mike Riley who left to become the head caoch of Nebraska. Riley was a pedestrian 93-80 overall in 14 seasons with the Beavers, and just 58-63 in the PAC-10/PAC-12. His teams never won a conference title and the Beavers were just 5-7 last year. Andersen was 19-7 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten during his 2 years in charge at Wisconsin, but his last game with the Badgers was an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.


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