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Oregon & Stanford Football The Most Assured Pac-12 Spring Practice Teams

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The Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinal are the two teams most likely to clash for another Pac-12 championship berth, and they will probably have the least to worry about in spring practice.

Steve Dykes

Which team has the least to worry about going into spring camp?

Matt Takimoto, Addicted to Quack: Oregon, UCLA, and Washington are all worry-free at quarterback. The rest of the two-deeps will fill in, but having guys like Mariota, Hundley, or Price to lead the offense will make spring practice slightly less stressful.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: No one really, but I will probably say Oregon. It seems like every year no matter what their issue might be it just gets smoothed over and actually improved. Of course, they have a new coach, but my last sentence might be the case with that too.

Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound: The team with the most positive momentum going on around it right now is UCLA. The coaching situation is stable, the star QB is firmly entrenched and the recruiting class just signed was considered by many to be elite. I'd place them slightly ahead of Stanford and a little more ahead of Oregon in terms of "fewest worries" heading into the spring.

NorcalNick, California Golden Blogs: I'll go with Stanford, for the exact reason I picked Colorado previously. Now, Oregon might have more talent than Stanford - an argument could be made for either team really. But Stanford doesn't have a new coach, so I'll give the tie-breaker to the Cardinal.

Andy Wooldridge, Building The Dam:
Oregon wouldn't have much to worry about at all if they didn't have a coaching change, but since Mark Helfrich isn't an outsider, I don't think there will be a problem that shows up in the spring; it will show up on game days if there is one, and that won't be until the fall. Stanford is a popular choice, but I think the departure of Pep Hamilton is going to prove more significant than many people realize. And its a double whammy for the Cardinal, because David Shaw promoting Mike Bloomgren to Offensive Coordinator means the architect of those offensive lines comprised of red and white bulldozers won't be as involved with them. Keeping what Stanford has going depends on that offensive line not missing a beat.

Adam Butler, Pac Hoops: Stanford. They return everything short of wins and, most importantly amongst the two most highly rated teams in the conference, their head coach! They've settled things at quarterback and should enter the season with all the confidence in the world.

Sean Reynolds, Block U: Stanford. Oregon has to worry about whether or not the program can withstand a coaching transition (I believe they will), while Stanford is seeing semi-stability. That's always huge in college football.