Adam Jude submits his preseason picks for how the Pac -12 football standings will play out. The Washington schools sit near the top, in striking distance of a Pac-12 North crown.
In preparation for the Pac-12 Conference media days next week in Hollywood, the conference has asked media members to submit a preseason poll. Here’s what I sent in:
1. Stanford: Some key losses at quarterback and on defense, but the Cardinal still have Christian McCaffrey, who comes to Seattle for the Pac-12 game of the year on Friday, Sept. 30.
2. Washington State: For all the attention the Huskies are getting this offseason, folks seem to be sleeping on Luke Falk and the Cougars.
3. Washington: Even in perhaps the toughest division in college football, UW should contend for its first conference title since 2000. Would be fun if the Apple Cup (in Pullman this year) provided some championship intrigue.
4. Oregon: A Hoke and a prayer: Ducks putting their faith in Brady Hoke to overhaul the Pac-12’s worst defense and in another Big Sky QB, Dakota Prukop, to keep the offense rolling.
5. California: The good news is Cal found a replacement for No. 1 pick Jared Goff by successfully prying Texas Tech grad transfer Davis Webb away from Colorado. The bad news is Cal found its new starter by successfully prying a backup QB away from Colorado.
6. Oregon State: It’ll be a long millennium back to relevancy for the Beavers.
1. UCLA: A favorable schedule sets up nicely for Jim Mora and the Bruins.
2. Utah: You think new QB Troy Williams is looking forward to UW coming to Salt Lake City on Oct. 29?
3. USC: There appears to be some stability for the Trojans after the ugly separation from Steve Sarkisian last year. But there will be no easing into things for Clay Helton in his first full season: USC opens against Alabama (in Texas) and has September road games at Stanford and Utah.
4. Arizona State: After a 6-7 finish last year, Todd Graham has been ordered to talk less, deliver more.
5. Colorado: Is this the year the Buffs finally get out of the South basement?
6. Arizona: Trey Griffey could be in for a breakthrough senior season for the Wildcats.
The poll has expired. Thank you for your submissions.