5 reasons Pac-12 football will be better than ACC in 2019
One team does not a conference make and that goes for Pac-12 football and its parity proves that this season. Why will the Pac-12 be better than the ACC?
Just because the best team in the country plays in your conference doesn’t mean your conference is better. The College Football Playoff is not the be all end all for a conference — especially if only one team is making the playoff every year.
With that being said, here are five reasons the Pac-12 will be better than the ACC in 2019.
5. The Pac-12 doesn’t have any major rebuilds
This is year two for Chip Kelly at UCLA and Jonathan Smith at Oregon State. Their rebuilds are already underway. You could even argue that UCLA isn’t a rebuild — at least not the one Oregon State is.
This is also Mel Tucker’s first year at Colorado, but he isn’t facing near what Scott Satterfield is facing at Louisville, or what Geoff Collins is facing at Georgia Tech. He takes over a team that is young on offense and a defense that is worse than mediocre. The job at Georgia Tech is a least a three-year rebuild, as Chad Morris at Arkansas in the SEC.
Collins, like Morris, is overhauling an entire offensive roster. With Paul Johnson’s retirement from the Yellow Jackets, he is retiring the triple-option in favor of a pro-style offense.
Most prognosticators don’t think North Carolina isn’t that big of a turnaround, but they’ve lost nine games in consecutive years — that’s not all Larry Fedora’s fault. Willie Taggart is in year two at Florida State, but faces academic and fiscal issues as well as a bad offensive line, according to Matt Baker of The Tampa Bay Times.
On the other hand, UCLA showed promise at the end of last season and have the potential to make a bowl game this season. Oregon State and Colorado might not make bowl games, but they won’t be nearly as bad as Louisville and Georgia Tech have the potential to be this season.