2016 College Football Preview: PAC-12

Day three of previewing college football’s POWER FIVE conferences continues with a look at my personal favorite conference…..THE PAC-12! Now obviously since I live on the West Coast, I’m a huge PAC-12 guy and even though last year was kind of a down year for the conference (no PAC-12 teams were represented in the College Football Playoff), I expect them to step back up in a huge way.

However, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the best teams in the conference……

Can Stanford FINALLY take that next step among the college football elite?

Was last year just a down year for the Oregon Ducks or have they peaked as a team?

Can any team from the South finally top a team from the North?

Are UCLA and USC once again going to be huge letdowns?

Can Washington State remain relevant and continue to play with the big boys of the conference?

Is the hype for the Washington Huskies real (Some college football experts think the Huskies are the best team in the sport)?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!

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12. Oregon State Beavers

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Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Gary Andersen (2-10 at Oregon State)

Top Returning Players: Jordan Villamin (WR), Nick Porebski (P)

Top Incoming Players: Mason Moran (QB), Kyle White (RB), Riley Sharp (TE), Isaac Garcia (DL), Phillip Napoleon (DL), David Fangupo (DL), Shurod Thompson (DB), Christian Wallace (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Boise State, Utah, @Washington, Washington State, @Stanford, @UCLA, Oregon

Predicted Record (for 2016): 3-9 (2-7)


11. Colorado Buffaloes

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Last Year’s Record: 4-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre (10-27 at Colorado)

Top Returning Players: Tim Lynott (OG), Jeromy Irwin (OG), Josh Tupou (DT), Jordan Carrell (DT), Addison Gillam (LB), Chidobe Awuzie (CB), Tedric Thompson (S), Alex Kinney (P)

Top Incoming Players: Sam Noyer (QB), Beau Bisharat (RB), Juwann Winfree (WR)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Michigan, @Oregon, @USC, Arizona State, @Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, Utah

Predicted Record (for 2016): 4-8 (2-7)


10. Arizona Wildcats

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl: New Mexico Bowl vs. New Mexico

Head Coach: Rich Rodriguez (33-20 at Arizona)

Top Returning Players: Nick Wilson (RB), Samajie Grant (WR), Jacob Alsadek (OG), DeAndre’ Miller (LB), Michael Barton (LB), Paul Magloire (LB), DaVonte’ Neal (DB), Nate Phillips (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Khalil Tate (QB), Jamie Nunley (TE), Keenan Walker (OL), Michael Eletise (OL), J.J. Allen (DL), Kahi Neves (LB), Chacho Ulloa (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): BYU, Washington, @UCLA, @Utah USC, Stanford, @Washington State, Arizona State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (2-7)


10. California Golden Bears

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force

Head Coach: Sonny Dykes (14-23 at Cal)

Top Returning Players: Davis Webb (QB), Chris Borrayo (OG), Jeremiah Stuckey (OG), Marloshawn Franklin (DB), Matt Anderson (K)

Top Incoming Players: Max Gilliam (QB), Derrick Clark (RB), Zion Echols (RB), Demetris Robertson (WR), Melquise Stovall (WR), Jordan Duncan (WR), Drew Kobayashi (WR), Daniel Juarez (OL), Evan Weaver (DL), Nygel Edmonds (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @San Diego State, Texas, @Arizona State, Utah, Oregon, @USC, Washington, @Washington State, Stanford, UCLA

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (2-7)


8. Arizona State Seminoles

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl: Cactus Bowl vs. West Virginia

Head Coach: Todd Graham (34-19 at Arizona State)

Top Returning Players: Demario Richard (RB), Kody Kohl (TE), Evan Goodman (OT), JoJo Wicker (DE), Christian Sam (LB), Salamo Fiso (LB), Matt Haack (P), Tim White (KR), Mitchell Fraboni (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Dillon Sterling-Cole (QB), Chase Lucas (RB), Tre Turner (RB), N’Keal Harry (WR), Jared Bubak (TE), Cohl Cabral (OL), Douglason Subtyl (DL), Christian Hill (DL), Koron Crump (DL), Robbie Robinson (DB), J’Marcus Rhodes (DB), Maurice Chandler (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @USC, UCLA, Washington State, @Oregon, Utah, @Washington

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (4-5)


7. USC Trojans

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Last Year’s Record: 8-6

Last Year’s Bowl: Holiday Bowl vs. Wisconsin

Head Coach: Clay Helton (6-4 at USC)

Top Returning Players: Max Browne (QB), Justin Davis (RB), Ronald Jones (RB), JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR), Damien Mama (OG), Zach Banner (OT), Toa Lobendahn (C), Chad Wheeler (OT), Rasheem Green (DT), Cameron Smith (LB), Osa Masina (LB), Adoree’ Jackson (DB), Iman Marshall (DB), Marvell Tell III (S), Zach Smith (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Matt Fink (QB), Vavae Malepeai (RB), Tyler Vaughns (WR), Michael Pittman (WR), Josh Imatorbhebhe (WR), Trevon Sidney (WR), Keyshawn Young (WR), Velus Jones (WR), Cary Angeline (TE), E.J. Price (OL), Frank Martin (OL), Nathan Smith (OL), Oluwole Betiku (DL), Connor Murphy (DL), Jordan Iosefa (LB), Jack Jones (DB), C.J. Pollard (DB), Michael Brown (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Alabama, @Stanford, @Utah, Arizona State, Oregon, @Washington, @UCLA, Notre Dame

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (5-4)


6. Washington State Cougars

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl: Sun Bowl vs. Miami

Head Coach: Mike Leach (21-29 at Washington State)

Top Returning Players: Luke Falk (QB), Gabe Marks (WR), River Cracraft (WR), Riley Sorenson (C), Hercules Mata’afa (DE), Peyton Pelluer (LB), Shalom Luani (S)

Top Incoming Players: Justus Rogers (QB), Romello Harris (RB), Chima Onyeukwu (LB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Boise State, Oregon, @Stanford, UCLA, @Arizona State, Washington

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (5-4)


6. Utah Utes

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl vs. BYU

Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham (94-46 at Utah)

Top Returning Players: Isaac Asiata (OG), J.J. Dielman (OT), Lowell Lotulelei (DT), Kylie Fitts (DE), Hunter Dimick (DE), Marcus Williams (S), Andy Phillips (K), Chase Dominguez (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Tyler Huntley (QB), Troy Williams (QB), Zack Moss (RB), Alec Dana (WR), Cole Fotheringham (TE), Garett Bolles (OL), Maxs Tupai (DL), David Luafatasaga (LB), Davir Hamilton (LB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): BYU, USC, @UCLA, Washington, @Arizona State, Oregon

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (5-4)


4. UCLA Bruins

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Nebraska

Head Coach: Jim Mora (37-16 at UCLA)

Top Returning Players: Josh Rosen (QB), SoSo Jamabo (RB), Ishmael Adams (WR), Scott Quessenberry (C), Conor McDermott (OT), Kenny Lacy (OG), Eddie Vanderdoes (DT), Takkarist McKinley (DE), Kenny Young (LB), Jayon Brown (LB), Deon Hollins (LB), Fabian Moreau (CB), Jaleel Wadood (S), Randall Goforth (S)

Top Incoming Players: Devon Modster (QB), Matt Lynch (QB), Brandon Stephens (RB), Jalen Starks (RB), Theo Howard (WR), Damian Alloway (WR), Dymond Lee (WR), Demetric Felton (WR), Adewale Omotosho (WR), Jordan Wilson (TE), Michael Alves (OL), Alex Akinbulu (OL), Boss Tagaloa (DL), Marcus Moore (DL), Mique Juarez (LB), Breland Brandt (LB), Lokeni Toailoa (LB), Krystopher Barnes (LB), Brandon Burton (DB), J.J. Molson (K), Johnny Den Bleyker (LS)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Texas A&M, @BYU, Stanford, @Arizona State, @Washington State, Utah, USC

PAC-12 Championship Game: vs. Stanford (L)

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-5 (5-4)


3. Oregon Ducks

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl: Alamo Bowl vs. TCU

Head Coach: Mark Helfrich (33-8 at Oregon)

Top Returning Players: Royce Freeman (RB), Dwayne Stanford (WR), Darren Carrington (WR), Charles Nelson (WR), Pharaoh Brown (TE), Canton Kaumatule (DT), Aiden Schneider (K), Tanner Carew (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Dakota Prukop (QB), Tristen Wallace (QB), Terry Wilson (QB), Justin Herbert (QB), Dillon Mitchell (WR), Cam McCormick (TE), Jacob Capra (OL), Logan Bathke (OL), Bryson Young (DL), Lamar Winston (LB), Darrian Franklin (LB), Keith Simms (LB), A.J. Hotchkins (LB), Hunter Kampmoyer (LB), Troy Dye (LB), Brady Breeze (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Nebraska, @Washington State, Washington, Arizona State, @USC, Stanford, @Utah

Predicted Record (for 2016): 9-3 (7-2)


2. Washington Huskies

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi

Head Coach: Chris Petersen (15-12 at Washington)

Top Returning Players: Jake Browning (QB), Myles Gaskin (RB), John Ross (WR), Dante Pettis (WR), Darrell Daniels (TE), Coleman Shelton (C), Trey Adams (OT), Elijah Qualls (DT), Joe Mathis (DE), Azeem Victor (LB), Keishawn Bierria (LB), Sidney Jones (DB), Kevin King (DB), Budda Baker (S)

Top Incoming Players: Daniel Bridge-Gadd (QB), Sean McGrew (RB), Jacob Kizer (TE), Luke Wattenberg (OL), Levi Onwuzurike (DL), Amandre Williams (DL), Camilo Eifler (LB), Brandon Wellington (LB), Byron Murphy (DB), Isaiah Gilchrist (DB), Taylor Rapp (DB), Van Soderberg (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Stanford, @Oregon, @Utah, USC, Arizona State, @Washington State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 10-2 (7-2)


1. Stanford Cardinal

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Last Year’s Record: 12-2

Last Year’s Bowl: Rose Bowl vs. Iowa

Head Coach: David Shaw (54-14 at Stanford)

Top Returning Players: Christian McCaffrey (RB), Michael Rector (WR), Trenton Irwin (WR), Dalton Schultz (TE), Johnny Caspers (OG), Casey Tucker (OT), Solomon Thomas (DE), Harrison Phillips (DT), Peter Kalambayi (LB), Joey Alfieri (LB), Zach Hoffpauir (S)

Top Incoming Players: K.J. Costello (QB), Trevor Speights (RB), Donald Stewart (WR), Kaden Smith (TE), Scooter Harrington (TE), Devery Hamilton (OL), Clark Yarbrough (OL), Henry Hattis (OL), Michael Williams (DL), Thomas Schaffer (DL), Jovan Swann (DL), Curtis Robinson (LB), Treyjohn Butler (DB), Andrew Pryts (DB), Obi Eboh (DB), Jet Toner (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): USC, @UCLA, @Washington, Washington State, @Notre Dame, @Oregon

PAC-12 Championship Game: vs. UCLA (W)

Predicted Record (for 2016): 12-1 (8-1)

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