Only two Power conferences left to preview. Once again, this is a countdown of the best regular season games in each league. I won’t be counting the PAC-12 Championship or any Bowl/Playoff games because we don’t know the contestants. The PAC-12 is an interesting league, and the only Power 5 conference in which the supposed top two teams won’t meet in the regular season. We’re left with an interesting mix of division and cross division games that will lead into the all-important Championship match.
12. Oregon at Stanford Saturday, October 14
It’s so weird to see this game so low on the list. Indeed, you could argue that it doesn’t even need to make the top 12, but I’m going to play it safe. From 2009 to 2015, the winner of this game won the PAC-12. For a couple of those years there weren’t any other teams that even came close to competing. Quite a streak, but the spell was broken last season when Washington vanquished Oregon and Stanford by a combined 114 to 27. Nobody is sure how the Ducks are going to fare in Willie Taggart’s first season at the helm, but we’ll get an idea where he stands when he goes against brother-in-arms David Shaw. The two were both part of Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford before Taggart left to coach Western Kentucky.