PODCAST: Pac-12 Preview with Bryan Fischer

Oregon looks to go back-to-back after winning the inaugural Pac-12 title game in December. (US Presswire)

Our conference preview podcast series continues with the Pac-12

Optimism abounds in the Pac-12 with two teams in the ranked in the top five of the AP Poll and the launch of the Pac-12 Network. Bryan Fischer joins me to discuss the impact of Pac-12 Enterprises and preview each team in the conference. Tune in as Bryan breaks down the North and South Division, judging each team based on their ability to contend for a title. (I call it "Contendability," but that's not a real word.)

Check out the contents below to find Bryan's breakdown on your favorite Pac-12 team.

0:00 - Introduction and discussion of the Pac-12 Network
6:30 - The Trojans are the Pac-12 favorites, but where are the weaknesses?
10:38 - Utah's chances to upset USC on Thursday night, and their season outlook.
12:15 - Expect more defensive scheming from UCLA under Mora in 2012.
16:40 - How Rich Rodriguez and defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel can make their schemes work at Arizona.
18:05 - Bryan believes Arizona State is the right fit for Todd Graham, and vice versa.
21:00 - Colorado's record might not reflect it, but they have improved from 2011.
22:25 - Oregon just needs to be Oregon to win the North
25:20 - The post-Andrew Luck era at Stanford , which won't look that dissimilar from Andrew Luck era.
27:00 - Washington's chances to play spoiler, and the outlook for freshman safety Shaq Thompson
30:50 - Better personnel for California this year, but Bears are still thin on the defensive line
35:15 - Will Oregon State coach Mike Riley - who Bryan calls "the nicest coach in college football" be able to keep his job after 2012?
39: 30 - The most intriguing aspect for 2012 - the middle of the conference. There is a lot of potential below USC and Oregon, and a strong middle could continue to boost the Pac-12's reputation.

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