by CBS Sports Staff
Is the USC hype for real? Will Washington actually take a step back due to its defensive losses? Can any team other than these two make a legitimate run for the conference title in 2017? We are here to answer those questions and plenty more as we conclude our week-long look at college football’s six major conferences with the Pac-12.
College football‘s hottest club may be the Pac-12. There are star quarterbacks, coaches on the hot seat, Puddles and trees as mascots, and a strong desire by the league to surpass its brethren as the best in the land. Can they do it, and if so, who will be the team leading the Pac-12 to national glory? Keep on reading to see the CBS Sports college football team’s unique takes on the Big Ten entering the 2017 season.
Most overrated team
UCLA: It seems that UCLA is being counted on to be USC’s primary contender in the South, and I just don’t see it happening. For starters, I don’t trust coach Jim Mora to keep things going in the right direction when adversity hits — and it will in the form of Texas A&M, Stanford and (gasp) Memphis in the first month of the season. Secondly, why does Utah constantly get overlooked in the South? UCLA might be decent at best, but that’s not good enough to keep Mora employed, boosters happy or keep them in the division title race. — Barrett Sallee (and Dennis Dodd, Jerry Palm, Tom Fornelli)