So, in the Pac-12, people call it one of the worst BCS conferences in NCAA football, only above the Big East. However, we do have our quality opponents here on the West Coast to make a claim that we are on par with maybe the Big 12.
USC: Need I say more? Offensive juggernaut in LA headed by possible winner of the Heisman and #1 Draft Pick Matt Barkley.
Weakness: Their Defense has taken a hit, as well as their Left tackle spot.
Washington: They amazed us at the Alamo Bowl against RG3, and have had some good games as well. In addition, their offense is the best I've seen and with a new defensive staff, could become a battle in the north. Not to mention a QB that is a poor man's RG3(draft and Heisman wise). Also, they are playing against LSU this year as well.
Weakness: Obviously their defense is atrocious. This can be remedied with their new staff though, not to mention True Freshman Shaq Thompson will make an impact. They have also lost Chris Polk, their star RB.
Stanford: Stanford has been on a rise the last few years, and new Head Coach David Shaw is a decent coach, with an awesome power running game by star running back Stefan Taylor. Their defense isn't too shabby either.
Weakness: Ironically, this years weakness was last years strength: Offense overall. Their QB position will probably not meet up to Andrew Luck standards, and they lost ALOT of their recievers and O-Line. I forsee them undergoing a Rebuilding year.
Utah: First year in the Pac-12, the Utes did alright playing with a big boys. Their defense one of the best in nation and they had a solid running game. I mean, these guys held Barkley under 20 points!
Weaknesses: They lack a passing attack and a good QB, but maybe they will give USC a run for their money.
I think the true competition here in the north will be Washington, while down South it's clearly USC. Stanford won't be able to return to prominence for a while and Beavers, Wazzu, and all of Arizona and Cololorado. Utah is clearly a dark horse in the South, maybe all of the Pac-12 even.
Oh, and Bruins will never be good. Ever.