Pac-12 forecast: It's Washington, Stanford and everybody else

Is all that preseason buzz about Washington and RB Myles Gaskin warranted? Yes, says Phil Steele. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Editor's note: This article was adapted from Phil Steele's college football preview magazine, which is available here.

Defending Rose Bowl champ Stanford is a good bet to contend again for a Pac-12 title. And USC, despite playing the nation's toughest schedule, ought to be a handful in 2016.

But as Pac-12 media days kick off, neither one of those teams actually projects as the best in the conference. I rate Washington and Stanford as the two most likely top-10 contenders in 2016.

Here's a complete breakdown of the Pac-12.