The South sent the UCLA Bruins to the conference championship last season, but they fell short to the North Champions, giving the Pac 12 North their first Conference Championship in 5 seasons. This season, it looks like UCLA could be the clear cut favorite again, but things could change week to week. #16 UCLA 89 ovr 85 off 90 def - UCLA is easily one of the most talented teams in the PAC 12, and after their win last week against #2 Alabama, I don't think anyone can deny that. Currently, they have 5 ranked teams left on their schedule. #25 Clemson, #20 Colorado, #6 Oregon St., #11 California, and #15 USC. With 4 out of 5 games being against the Pac 12, they would need to at least win 2 of 4, possibly 3 of 4 to have a shot at a Conference Championship most likely. The Bruins have a Senior starting at QB, Gary Walker, who is looking to have a break out season. He isn't a very fast QB, but has great arm strength and can really throw the deep ball. Most likely though, this Bruin team will depend on their strong defense to come up big for them. The key to the D is Right End Lee Sullivan, one of the best defensive players in the nation. He has good speed, is great at getting off of blocks, and has real hit power. He will be the anchor of the defense, and look for the rest to follow his lead. #20 Colorado ovr 80 off 82 def 76- The Buffaloes finished last season the highest ranking in the Pac 12 South, but still didn't make the conference championship, or a BCS bid. The Buffaloes have already knocked off the #7 team in the nation in Florida St. and #23 team Nebraska, but still have a lot left to do on their schedule. The Buffaloes have 4 games left against ranked teams, all are in the Pac 12, #16 UCLA, #15 USC, #6 Oregon St., and #4 Washington. The Buffaloes would need to win 2 of the 4 most likely, and one would have to be over UCLA in order to make a conference Championship. The Buffaloes leader this season is running back Dave Malloy. Malloy is a first year starter and will be one that has to perform if the Buffaloes want to have a successful season in the South. UR Utah ovr 84 off 84 def 82 - The Utes come into this season unranked, and will face off against 5 currently ranked teams, all in the Pac 12. They get things started next week against #15 USC, #16 UCLA, #20, Colorado, #6 Oregon St., and #11 California. With their first 3 ranked opponents being Pac 12 South teams, they'll find out where they stand in the conference very early on, probably before any other team will. The Utes have one of the best Tight Ends in the country in Blake Stezer, and most people look for him to be found early and often in the Utah passing game. They also have a kicker who can get them 3 points from just about anywhere. Having a kicker like that really makes things easier on the offense. UR Arizona ovr 78 off 79 def 78 - Arizona started off last season with a huge upset over UCLA, and it came down to a loss at the end of the season against Utah, that kept them out of their first bowl game under this coaching staff. Look for the Wildcats to use that as motivation this season and launch their team into a bowl game, and make some noise in the Pac 12 South. The Wildcats have 4 teams left on their schedule that are ranked starting off with #6 Oregon St., #15 USC, #16 UCLA, and ending the season with #20 Colorado. Arizona had a great rushing attack last season, but it looks like this season they'll depend on QB Corey Mitchell to get things done. The Senior is a pocket passer with great size at 6'5, and has very great accuracy. He can't throw it deep as some QBs, but he can throw it deep enough. Arizona will lean on him to make plays when needed while not making too many mistakes this season.