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2013 Pac-12 football preview countdown: Bill Connelly on every team, one by one

Previewing the entire Pac-12 in depth and with advanced stats, one team per day.

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Oregon has a single question to answer

All the pieces are in place. Can Oregon make a run at the national title with a new coach in charge? That's almost the only 2013 question for which the Ducks don't have an obvious, impressive answer. (Okay, we have some questions about their linebackers, too.) For more Oregon, visit Addicted to Quack.

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USC will be fun, FWIW

Because USC peaked in 2011 and not 2012, Lane Kiffin finds himself on a bit of a hot seat in 2013. With Marqise Lee and a sparkly, aggressive new 3-4 defense, his Trojans should be really fun to watch. But will they be good enough to avoid a winter coaching search? For more Trojans, visit Conquest Chronicles.

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Stanford must remain David

Best defense in the West? Check. Stability in the backfield? Check. Major-league continuity for a team that has won 35 games in three years? Check. Cooperative (but still pretty challenging) schedule? Check. This might be Stanford's best chance to make a serious run at the national title. For more Cardinal, visit Rule of Tree.

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Utah tries to stem the tide

After a season marred by injury and inconsistency, Kyle Whittingham's Utes head into 2013 with drastically lower expectations than they had a year ago. Can a pair of identity changes -- Dennis Erickson joining the offensive staff, speed becoming a larger defensive focus -- change course for a suddenly reeling program? For more Utes, visit Block U.

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Oregon State bounces back

After a rather sudden collapse in 2011, Oregon State bounced back in a major way last fall. Now Mike Riley's Beavers have to prove that 2011 was the oddity. For more OSU, visit Building The Dam.

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Arizona has gains to sustain

Arizona made the transition to Rich Rodriguez's offense and Jeff Casteel's defense better than expected in 2012; after a shaky offseason, can the Wildcats navigate a pretty easy schedule and sustain last year's improvement in the win column? For more on the Wildcats, visit Arizona Desert Swarm.

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Graham at home at ASU

Tdod Graham has earned his reputation for his off-the-field dalliances with other schools. But on the field, Graham inherited a roster in 2012 almost perfectly suited for his style of play. This year, he has experience in his corner as well. Now ... about that schedule...

For more on Sun Devil football, visit ASU blog House of Sparky.

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Cal and the transition checklist

Sonny Dykes inherits a football program with a high ceiling, thanks in part to Jeff Tedford's 11 years in charge. How much noise can his Golden Bears make in his first year in charge? For more Cal, visit California Golden Blogs.

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UCLA vs. the second year

Jim Mora, Jr., engineered a hell of a turnaround in Year 1 at Westwood, and he's laying a potentially tremendous long-term foundation. But can his Bruins overcome a rough road schedule and a sketchy secondary to make their third straight Pac-12 title game? For more UCLA, visit Bruins Nation.

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Washington lays a healthy foundation

Washington surged defensively, slumped offensively, and finished 7-6 for the third straight year. The Huskies were so young last year that they are still young, but can this exciting squad break through their self-imposed glass ceiling? For more on the Huskies, visit UW Dawg Pound.

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Colorado's long road back

In Mike MacIntyre, Colorado brought in a head coach who did at San Jose State exactly what he will be asked to do in Boulder: salvage a broken program. MacIntyre's track record is fantastic, but even if he succeeds at CU, it's going to take some time. For more Buffs, visit Ralphie Report.

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When does the fun start at Wazzu?

It's safe to say that Washington State games will probably be more fun in 2013 than they were last year. But will they be more successful for the Cougars? We might have to wait one more year on that one. For more Wazzu, visit Coug Center.

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