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The Best Pac-12 Football Teams

Updated July 26, 2019 610 votes 84 voters12 items

List RulesVote up the Pac-12 schools with the historically best football team.

The best Pac-12 football teams are home to NFL Hall of Famers, Heisman Trophy winners, and Pro Bowlers. The history of the top teams in the Pac-12 is a history of some of the top college football programs around.

The USC Trojans have been the top team in the conference 39 times, with college talents like Marcus Allen, Lynn Swann, Matt Leinart, and most infamously O.J. Simpson. And while the Stanford Cardinal can boast two of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time in Andrew Luck and John Elway, they have no national championships since 1940. The Cal Bears have five national championships, but other than Aaron Rodgers, their alumni have been less prominent.

The list below includes only teams that are currently part of the Pac-12, but the stats include all championships and titles from the history of the program.

  • All-time record: 653-459-49
    Bowl wins: 15
    Conference titles: 15
    National championships: 2

    Notable players: Andrew Luck, John Elway, Jim Plunkett, Christian McCaffrey, Richard Sherman

      Is that enough to be the best?
    • All-time record: 833-339-34
      Bowl wins: 34
      Conference titles: 39
      National championships: 11

      Notable players: O.J. Simpson, Junior Seau, Marcus Allen, Lynn Swann, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Matt Leinart

        Is that enough to be the best?
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        All-time record: 748-438-50
        Bowl wins: 18
        Conference titles: 17
        National championships: 2

        Notable players: Warren Moon, Napoleon Kaufman, Mark Brunell

          Is that enough to be the best?
        • Photo: Oregon

          All-time record: 656-486-46
          Bowl wins: 14
          Conference titles: 11 
          National championships: None

          Notable players: Marcus Mariota, Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Fouts, LaMichael James, Joey Harrington

            Is that enough to be the best?