Best, worst case scenarios for each team during 2023 season

During the 2023 season, the Pac-12 has an opportunity to silence some of the negative narratives centering on West Coast football by getting a team to the College Football Playoff. It is expected to be of the nation’s deepest conferences this season, which creates high ceilings for some teams while leaving room to fall flat for others. With the new campaign a few months out, we analyzed the best and worse scenarios for each of the league’s 12 teams.

Five programs — Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington — are among the top contenders to win the Pac-12 championship. Of those teams, USC is likely the preseason favorite, and rightfully so, as it returns Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams. 

The Trojans quarterback has a shot at repeating, but another signal-caller in the Pac-12 might give him a run for his money as Washington senior Michael Penix Jr. looks to build off last season’s historic campaign. 

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Keep scrolling for the best and worst case scenario for each team in the Pac-12.