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Can Pac-12 produce a playoff-worthy champion?

The Pac-12 parity was counterproductive for the conference in the college football playoff era.

In the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Bay Area News Group’s Jon Wilner and AP’s Ralph Russo preview the football season at the West Coast Power Five conference.

At a time when super teams like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma dominate the conferences, the Pac-12 has been banned from the CFP five times for not having a high-performing program that stands out from the rest.

Southern California enters another season for Coach Clay Helton’s job security. On the other side of Los Angeles, is this a crucial year for coach Chip Kelly?

Oregon is the Pac-12 favorite, but the Ducks have quarterback issues. Can Washington Cope With Stingy Defense?

Meanwhile, the state of Arizona is kicking off the season with high expectations and an ongoing NCAA investigation.

And what is the new move by Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff to deal with the reorientation of the conference?

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