Comparing WSU’s returning starters to Pac-12

THE NUMBER OF college football returning starters is far from an exact predictor of success. But it is a good starting point for discussion. Here’s how Washington State compares to the rest of the Pac-12.

A player is generally considered a returning starter by the Pac-12 if he started five games the previous season. 

While the prevailing wisdom in the media is that the strength of the Pac-12 will be found in the North in 2016, the South has the edge in returning starters.

Returning starters in 2016:
Colorado: 18 (9 offense, 9 defense)
USC: 16 (10,6)
Arizona: 15 (7,8)
UW: 15 (8,7)
Washington State: 14 (8,6)
UCLA: 13 (4,9)
Oregon State: 13 (7,6)
Utah: 13 (6,7)
Stanford: 11 (5,6)
Oregon: 11 (6,5)
ASU: 10 (4, 6)
Cal: 10 (4,6)

Back to the inexact science of returning starters:

Last year, UCLA led the conference with 17 returning starters.  The Bruins finished 8-5 on the season.

Stanford in 2015 had the fewest returning starters, with 11.  The Cardinal went 12-2 on the season.

WSU had 13 returning starters in 2015 (7 offense, 6 defense).

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