The Pac 12 is much like the Big 12 in that there are some very good teams but they are going to end up beating each other and knocking each other out of contention. USC is the best of the Pac 12 South teams and should make it to the Pac 12 Championship game. In the North, Washington, Washington State and Stanford all have to play each other which means some of those teams will lose some games. Right now, I would guess that the North goes to either Washington or Washington State.
That leaves the independents which really is just Notre Dame. Notre Dame looks good on paper with a 5-1 record but their loss was at home to Georgia. The still have to play North Carolina State, Miami, USC and Stanford, and I feel they will lose at least two of those games.
Notre Dame is solid everywhere but at quarterback. Brandon Wimbush is as good a running quarterback as there is in the country but he really struggles when he has to throw. He is slow to make decisions and has poor accuracy. If the Domer’s need to throw to win some of these upcoming games, they are in big trouble.
If things go as I feel they will, get ready for a third straight Clemson-Alabama National Championship game and if the game were played tomorrow I’d take Clemson!