Dan Mullen predicts Pac-12 order of finish for 2023 season
Dan Mullen sees the Pac-12 going out with a bang. The former Utah assistant and long-time college football head coach shared his predicted order of finish for the 2023 season on social media Thursday.
Mullen, entering his second season as an analyst for ESPN, expects the Pac-12 to be college football’s most entertaining conference this fall. In the final Pac-12 season for (at least) 8 members, Mullen likes USC to finish on top.
The pack 12 will go out with a bang. Definitely going to be the most entertaining conference in college football this year. pic.twitter.com/AJuEpdiT4q
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) August 24, 2023
Coming off an 11-3 season and New Year’s Six bowl, the Trojans return star QB Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner. No. 6 USC leads a group of 5 Pac-12 programs ranked in the preseason AP Top 25.
Behind the Trojans, Mullen predicts Washington will come in second in the conference. Mullen doesn’t appear to be showing any favoritism to Utah, where he coached under Urban Meyer in 2003 and ’04, picking the Utes to finish fourth, behind Oregon.
The college football world is excited to watch Deion Sanders’ Colorado team, but Dan Mullen predicts a rough first year for Coach Prime. Mullen sees Colorado finishing 11th in the conference, ahead of only Cal.
USC is part of Saturday’s Week 0 action. The Trojans host San Jose State, a contest set for 5 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.