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Pac-12 football standings: Washington, Stanford, USC with best records in 2016-17

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It’s been quite the year.

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The North

Washington Huskies: 12-2, 8-1 in Pac-12.

Aside from this final result, Washington has to be thrilled with this year. They were recognized as one of the top four teams in the country and won their conference, and are likely to return next season.

Washington St. Cougars: 8-5, 7-2 in Pac-12.

What a painful finish for Wazzu, who were at one point 8-2 and seemed to be finishing this year great. Three straight tough losses have the Cougars second guessing how far they have to go.

Stanford Cardinal: 10-3, 6-3 in Pac-12.

Despite finishing third in the north, Stanford probably had the third best season in the Pac-12. They beat all their traditional rivals in Notre Dame, Cal, USC, UCLA and finished with ten wins again.

California Golden Bears: 3-6, 5-7 in Pac-12.

Cal stays muddled in the Pac-12 middle. They have a lot more they need to do to move up to higher echelons.

Oregon State Beavers: 3-6, 4-8 in Pac-12.

The Beavers had a successful year two rebuild in Corvallis, beating their Oregon rivals for their first time in nearly a decade.

Oregon Ducks: 2-7, 4-8 in Pac-12.

Oregon is in reboot mode. It’s hard to imagine this year being nothing more than a blip in Eugene.

The South

Colorado Buffaloes: 10-4, 8-1 in Pac-12

Colorado won ten games. They won the South. What a turnaround for the Buffs, and what a season in Boulder.

USC Trojans: 10-3, 7-2 in Pac-12

USC wins an exciting Rose Bowl and now finishes tied with Stanford with the second best record in the conference. Can the Trojans keep forward momentum going into 2017?

Utah Utes: 9-4, 5-4 in Pac-12

Yet another strange season for Utah filled with close wins, close losses, a few bounces away from a Pac-12 title appearance.

Arizona St. Sun Devils: 5-7, 2-7 in Pac-12

Arizona State fell apart midway through the season and could never regain their stride.

UCLA Bruins: 4-8, 2-7 in Pac-12

A lost season for UCLA, the Bruins have to wonder whether Jim Mora is really the long-term solution.

Arizona Wildcats: 3-9, 1-8 in Pac-12

A historic season of injuries made it impossible for Arizona to gain any traction this season. The good news? They won the Territorial Cup back!