#2 USC

The Trojans are in some trouble after the departure of Sam Darnold. If you don’t have a quarterback, you can’t win games. It’s that simple. It seems that USC is auditioning the whole state of California to replace Darnold. Matt Fink, Jack Sears, and JT Daniels will battle it out for the right to lead the Trojans under center. This competition could bleed into late September / late October, which could be detrimental to the team. The team can rely on star running back Stephen Carr early on until a quarterback stands out. Coach Clay Helton has done an admirable job in his few years at USC, but 10 wins per year are not enough to satisfy the USC faithful. They demand a national championship. The Pac 12 is wide open this year. Washington, Stanford, Oregon, Utah, and Arizona will all compete with USC for conference supremacy. However, without a clear number one at QB, USC  won’t be repeating as PAC 12 champs nor do I see them reaching the conference title game. This year will be a step back for the men of Troy.

#1 West Virginia

Can anyone knock Oklahoma off the top of the mountain in the Big 12? A lot of voters believe that Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia Mountaineers are legit as they were picked to finish second in the preseason Big 12 rankings. The Mountaineers have a Heisman candidate in Will Grier calling the shots at quarterback. Grier and the rest of the offense have a chance to keep the team in every game.

However, can they stop anyone on defense? Can they stop a nosebleed? I’m not sure. Plus, take a look at this murderer’s row of an ending to their season: at Texas, vs. TCU, at Oklahoma St, vs. Oklahoma. The Mountaineers could win all four or lose all four. It’s a coin flip at this point. I’m leaning towards WVU losing the majority of those games so Holgorsen will have to wait another year for a chance at a Big 12 title.

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