The Top 10 Pac-12 football games of 2014: Oregon vs. Stanford a must-see yet again

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UCLA vs. Oregon could end up being more important than Oregon vs. Stanford this season.

1. Stanford at Oregon - November 1

Here we go again... the Ducks against the Cardinal will be the most-anticipated Pac-12 game of the year and take place in November. This will yet again likely decide the North division and play a large part in the hunt for the national championship. This one should be a much more competitive affair than it was in 2013 with the game taking place in Autzen and the Cardinal losing a ton of talent and experience.

2. Oregon at UCLA - October 11

This could actually replace Stanford vs. Oregon as the top game of the year, as most think that UCLA will be better than Stanford going into the season. This will most likely be a preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game and could be the top quarterback showdown in the entire nation in 2014, with Marcus Mariota dueling Brett Hundley.

3. USC at UCLA - November 22

Steve Sarkisian and Jim Mora seemed to have a bit of a rivalry while Sarkisian was at Washington so I can't even imagine how heated things are going to get with Sarkisian now in LA. Things have gotten ugly for USC, with UCLA taking over the rivalry and becoming the frontrunners in the South and LA, but the Trojans have the talent to make this one a good one and it could very well determine who wins the South Division.

4. Stanford at UCLA - November 28

There will assuredly be a ton at stake in this one on the final weekend of the regular season. The Bruins look like they could win not just the South, but the entire conference, but the Cardinal are a major road block that they are going to have to overcome in Pasadena to do that.

5. USC at Stanford - September 6

A re-match of maybe the best game of 2014 is going to mean a lot for both teams just two weeks into the season. The Cardinal will be out for revenge and the Trojans looking to make a quick statement under Sarkisian, who had started to play Stanford very well in his later years at Washington.

6. UCLA at Washington - November 8

It has taken former-Husky Mora three years to get a game up in Seattle where he is starting to get pretty unpopular after supposedly turning down the Washington job for the second time. Regardless of Mora, this should be a very important late-season showdown with a lot at stake for both teams. This could be a very tricky one for the Bruins with how dominant Washington has been in Seattle the past few years.

7. UCLA at Arizona State - September 25

This game seems to always decide the South Division and I though it probably won't this year since it is one of the first Pac-12 games of the season, it will definitely set the stage for the South race early on. The Sun Devils This game has been a barnburner the past couple of years and even though the Sun Devils lost a ton of talent from 2013, they get this one at home and still have Taylor Kelly who can go toe-to-toe with Hundley.

8. Stanford at Washington - September 27

Another match-up that has produced a bunch of classic games in recent years, this will be Washington's first true challenge under Chris Peterson. The Huskies will be out for revenge after losing a heartbreaker in 2013 and are likely viewing this as a must-win game if they want to finally truly contend for the North title. This one should be a hard-fought battle between two of the nation's best defenses.

9. Arizona State at Arizona - November 28

Rivalries are most fun with both teams are on the same level, and the Sun Devils and Wildcats look like they will be neck-and-neck going into 2014. This could be the Wildcats' chance to get back on top of the rivalry with Arizona State having to replace their entire defense and the game being in Tucson.

10. Washington at Oregon - October 18

The Huskies haven't beaten the Ducks in 10 years, but they will get their yearly shot in mid-October in Autzen under Peterson, who was actually undefeated against the Ducks at Boise State. The Huskies are more than long overdue to make a game of it against the Ducks and this year could be the year that they finally do it.

Others to keep an eye on

Arizona at Oregon - October 2

Washington at Washington State - November 29

Oregon at Oregon State - November 29

Arizona State at USC - October 4

USC at Arizona - October 11

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