Now that camp is about to start, here is a llok at how we see the conference going.
1. USC- The Trojans should be the heavy favorite in the conference, as there seems to be the least amount of questions surrounding them.
Sure, the quarterback position is somewhat of a question, but it is only a question because Pete Carroll has to decide which five star he wants to go with.
2. Cal- There is a big drop off after USC and it would not be a surprise to see Cal falter a bit. If Kevin Riley does not play well, Jeff Tedford will play his famous QB game and the Bears will likely suffer as a result.
Jahvid Best will be the best player in the conference and Cal will go as he goes, thus the reason for thinking it will finish second on the Pac-10.
3. Oregon State: The Beavers should be similar to last year, though they will have to recover from some changes on defense.
Offensively, there will be some creative play calling and OSU will obviously look towards the running game. Mike Riley is one of the better coaches in the country and the Beaavers should be just fine.
4. Oregon: Another team that could disappoint, but also has enough talent to succeed. The offense is actually a huge question mark due to a lack of talent at the skill positions,
Mix that with the fact that Chip Kelly will want to run an unorthodox offense with players that may not have the talent to run it, and there are major questions surrounding Oregon. However, it is no more than the other teams in the conference.
5. Arizona: If Arizona has a legit answer at QB, expect the Wildcats to finish even higher. Despite Mike Thomas going to the NFL, Arizona has plenty of offense returning.
In addition, the majority of the defense returns and the addition of Trevor Erno and Johnathan Hollins makes it even better.
6. Stanford: Stanford is similar to the UA because if Andrew Luck plays well, Stanford will surprise.
Luck will count on incoming receivers, which could psoe a problem on offense, but the defense and style of play should keep Stanford in contention.
7. UCLA: A change at QB is going to go a long way because Kevin Craft was really that bad. Kevin Prince will come in and should improve the team right away.
The coaching staff thinks this is a six win team and that sounds about right when you think of the transition currently going on in Westwood.
8. Arizona State: ASU has very little talent at the skill positions. Cameron Marshall will likely be asked to play a big role, especially when you consider ASU still does not have confidence in the quarterback position.
The defense should be good, but it will be interesting to see what happens if it is on the field too long.
9. Washington: The Huskies do not have much talent and Jake Locker is once again going to be asked to carry a major load.
Offensively, the staff is likely going to have to be creative, or else it will not be pretty.
10 Washington State: Not much to stay here and the countdown to whether or not the Cougars will get a win has started.
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