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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Who’s catching a break with Pac-12 “misses” . . .

As the football season enters November, we’ve got a pretty clear idea what each Pac-12 team is about. So that makes it easier to project who caught some luck and who didn’t in the league scheduling process.

There’s a vast middle class in the Pac-12, and thus, for probably half the teams or more, there’s no real benefit or detriment to the twosome they’re missing on the schedule. But a handful of teams are making out or taking it on the chin.

My take, from the most fortunate to the least:

1. Utah: Stanford, Oregon. The Utes have had it good two straight years, since Oregon is virtually an automatic loss and Stanford has been consistently ranked.

2. UCLA: Washington, Oregon. Any year you’re not playing the Ducks is a good year.

3. Washington State: USC, Arizona. Cougars would have struggled to keep up with USC’s receivers, and would have been hard-pressed to score with Arizona.

4. Washington: UCLA, Arizona State. Here’s where it begins to get really debatable. But the Bruins and Sun Devils have combined for 11 wins and either would be a test for Washington.

5. Arizona State: Washington, Stanford. Sun Devils, though, could trouble Stanford with their quickness.

6. USC: WSU, OSU. Just the mention of the Beavers sends shudders down some spines at USC.

7. Stanford: Utah, Arizona State. Utah offense wouldn’t stand to put up much against Stanford defense.

8. Colorado: Oregon State, Cal. Not to be cruel, but in this case, does it matter?

9. Oregon: Utah, UCLA. Let’s face it, the Ducks would be favored by three touchdowns-plus against either.

10. Oregon State: Colorado, USC. Any team missing the Buffs is missing out.

11. Cal: Arizona, Colorado. And this is a year the Bears needed help.

12. Arizona: Washington State, Cal. ‘Cats missed two North bottom-feeders.

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