Heading Into 2023, The PAC-12 Is The Second Best Conference In College Football

Okay, so we’ve all had our fun at the expense of the PAC-12 over what seems like decades.

While the negativity surrounding the departure of USC and UCLA to the BIG-10 is still swirling, next year’s PAC-12 is set to be the best it has been since I can remember.

Bo Nix just announced he’s returning for another year and Oregon has a chance to be special; Michael Pennix Jr. is coming back to what should be a loaded Washington team; Cam Rising will once again lead the back-to-back PAC-12 champs at Utah.

And, oh yea, USC just added Dorian Singer from Arizona and will return with Heisman winner Caleb Williams.

That isn’t even to mention what Jonathan Smith is building at Oregon State, coming off a 10-win season. And, of course, Chip Kelly and UCLA will be dangerous as usual.

One of the most surprising things most of these teams have (excluding USC’s defense) is a physical edge.

The days of finesse are gone, and if you take stock at each conference outside of the SEC you cannot find one better heading into next year. There are actually legit arguments that the PAC- 12 could be close to the SEC in 2023.

Yes, you heard that right.

Either way the star power will be immense and the contenders will be plentiful in what truly is looking like a renaissance year for the PAC-12.

Jake Crain is co-host of “Crain & Company.” the Daily Wire’s sports show hosted by former athletes and coaches Jake Crain, Blain Crain, and David Cone. @JakeCrain_

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