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Football preview: Season predictions

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A few days ahead of Stanford’s season opener against Northwestern, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Do-Hyoung Park (DHP), Michael Peterson (MP), Neel Ramachandran (NR), Vihan Lakshman (VL), Sanjay Srinivas (SS) and Ashley Westhem (AW) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which other teams will emerge as among the top in the nation.

Predict the games:

Opponent DHP MP NR VL SS AW
@NW W W W W W W
UCF W W W W W W
@USC W L L L L W
@OSU L W W W W W
ARIZ W W L W L L
UCLA L L W L L W
WASH W W W W W W
@WSU W W W W W L
@COLO W W W W W W
ORE W W W L W L
CAL W W W W W W
ND W W L W W W


Predict the Pac-12 Championship:

DHP: Arizona State over Stanford
MP: Arizona State over Stanford
NR: USC over Stanford
VL: Arizona State over Oregon
SS:  USC over Stanford
AW: USC over Oregon

Stanford offensive MVP:

DHP: Austin Hooper
MP: Kevin Hogan
NR: Kevin Hogan
VL: Christian McCaffrey
SS: Kevin Hogan
AW: Christian McCaffrey

Stanford defensive MVP:

DHP: Solomon Thomas
MP: Peter Kalambayi
NR: Blake Martinez
VL: Blake Martinez
SS: Aziz Shittu
AW: Peter Kalambayi

Newcomer of the year:

DHP: Brennan Scarlett
MP: Dalton Schultz
NR: Solomon Thomas
VL: Dalton Schultz
SS: Brennan Scarlett
AW: Isaiah Brandt-Sims

Conference champions:

League DHP MP NR VL SS AW
ACC Georgia Tech Clemson Clemson Georgia Tech Louisville Florida State
Big Ten Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
Big 12 Baylor Baylor TCU Oklahoma Baylor TCU
Pac-12 Arizona State Arizona State USC Arizona State USC USC
SEC Georgia LSU LSU Auburn Auburn Georgia

Predict the playoff:

Seed DHP MP NR VL SS AW
1 Georgia Tech Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
2 Ohio State Arizona State LSU Auburn Baylor TCU
3 Georgia Baylor TCU Arizona State USC Georgia
4 Arizona State LSU USC Georgia Tech Auburn USC

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