There were official visitors all over the Pac-12 this weekend, as conference coaches look to close out the 2014 recruiting class. But the most noise was made by a 2015 quarterback who committed to stay home for his college football career.
The Buffaloes could really use a win over Colorado State to build momentum heading into Pac-12 play.
The Pac-12 brought in $374 million in total revenue during the last fiscal year, the most of any Power 5 conference.
The UCLA Bruins' offensive line showed improvement last season and returns all five starters.
A poor bowl showing notwithstanding, the Cats broke through in Rich Rodriguez’s third year with 10 wins (a first since 1998), a Pac-12 South division title and a final national ranking of No.
Todd Graham has steered the Sun Devils to back-to-back 10-win seasons (the program’s first such stretch since the Frank Kush era of the early ’70s), en route to becoming the fastest ASU coach to reach 28 wins.
Two years removed from a horrendous 2013 in which their only win was against an FCS foe, the Bears are ready to claw back into the North. But in the pass-happy Pac-12, Sonny Dykes’ squad could legitimately need 45 points per game to do so, meaning QB Jared Goff must pay off as the team’s return ticket to relevancy.
Last year’s winless Pac-12 campaign doesn’t offer much hope that the Buffs will compete any time soon in the South. If there’s a silver lining in Boulder, though, it’s that two conference losses came via double OT and two others by less than a touchdown.
Mark Helfrich must somehow replace last year’s Heisman winner, QB Marcus Mariota, who accounted for 64 percent of the Ducks’ total offense.
What to expect from Gary Andersen’s first season in Corvallis remains a mystery. On offense, the Beavers lose the Pac-12’s all-time leading passer in Sean Mannion.
After a 31-10 win over No. 10 UCLA in the ’14 regular-season finale, QB Kevin Hogan said, “It would be a lie to say that this season hasn’t been disappointing.
The Bruins are coming off their second straight 10-win season and, even better for the folks in Westwood, have yet to lose to crosstown rival USC under Jim Mora’s stewardship (3–0).
USC has endured a very un-Trojan-like six-year stretch, reaching double-digit wins just twice since 2009. But Steve Sarkisian, with an army of skill players at his disposal, is steering the Trojans back toward Pac-12—and national—prominence.
Life in the Pac-12 South ain’t easy: All but one team finished last season ranked in the Top 25, Utah among them at No. 21. If the Utes can firm things up behind center, another Top 25 push is in the cards, but they’ll have to survive (at least some of) their trips to Oregon, USC, Washington and Arizona first.
To be honest, coach Chris Petersen’s first season was a disappointment. And with the sudden departure of QB Cyler Miles, his second looks like a rebuilding year.
The Cougars were expected to build on a 2013 bowl trip but fell back to their losing ways. Freshman QB Luke Falk was impressive filling in for the injured Connor Halliday over the final four games, but while Mike Leach’s offense has scored as expected, the D still isn’t close to making Wazzu a serious contender.