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2007 Pac 10 Football Preview
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Pac 10 Football Preview & Predictions from MadduxSports.com
The PAC-10 is acknowledged for scoring and scoring and more scoring. Defense is a second thought on the west coast and if a team can field an exiguous defense, they're bound for the top of the standings. USC should rein supreme; four teams will battle for second-place, while 7 of the ten teams could end up snagging bowl bids. Although it is often disrespected and isn’t calculated as the strongest conference, the PAC-10 contains some of the most electrifying teams to watch when betting on college football games.
1) USC – This season there is USC and than there is everyone else. Anyone that knows college football better have USC rated as their number 1 team or take what they are saying with a grain of salt. The main reason why they should be considered #1 is the defense that allowed 15.2 ppg last year now returns 10 of 11 starters. The line, linebackers, and secondary are filled with all conference players and future #1 draft choices. The offense has new players at the playmaking positions of running back and wide receiver but is anchored by John David Booty and he is protected by a great offensive line that returns 3 of 5 starters. This shouldn’t matter as Pete Carroll will able to plug and play young fresh talented players from his various #1 recruiting classes into the mix. Anything less than a national title will and should be considered a disappointment for Carroll’s bunch.
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2) UCLA – The Bruins offense sputtered but the defense showed great improvement in the 2006 season. This has been the case the last few seasons where they were good on one side of the ball and weak on the other. Not anymore. Both sides of the ball are covered and they return a league high 20 starters. They have a favorable schedule getting Oregon & Cal at home which could set them up for a shot at the Pac-10 title in their regular season finale at USC December 1st.
3) California – The Golden Bears tied USC for first last season but with a brutal schedule having to face Oregon, UCLA, & Arizona State on the road we expect a Cal drop off. The offense should hum with QB Nate Longshore, WR DeSean Jackson, and RB Justin Forsett being the potent weapons. In the past Cal has fielded one of the better defenses in the conference but only return 5 starters and loses their top 3 tacklers. The Golden Bears will be bowling, it just won’t be after New Years in '08.
4) Oregon - The Ducks posted a 5-4 PAC-10 record in 2006, but outgained opponents by 136 yards per game! In the off-season Oregon brought in a new offensive coordinator in Chip Kelly, as if the offense needed it (29.5ppg). Most of the pieces who were a part of the productive offense are back. After having the turnovers not go their way last season (-10 differential) the Ducks should be poised for a monster season and have a reasonable shot at an even higher than 4th place finish in the Pac Ten conference.
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5) Oregon State – The beavers had a surprising year finishing 21 st in the polls. They had most of the breaks go their way including 4 close wins and +8 in turnover margin. Oregon State has some questions as to who is going to be their starting quarterback. The skilled positions are above average with running back Yvenson Bernard and WR Sammie Stroughter both on the verge of bust out seasons. The defense expects to cultivate with skilled LB, OL and secondary squads with maturity returning.
6) Arizona State – The Sun Devils have a new head coach in Dennis Erikson and his resume of 2 national championship should help get this team to the next level. Breaking in a new head coach takes time, but luckily Arizona State has a very easy early schedule that could see them go 7-0 to start the season. QB Rudy Carpenter must be more dependable and the defense must improve on the 25.1 ppg allowed last year for the Sun Devils to move up in the Pac 10 standings.
7) Arizona – The Wildcats are one of the few teams that can actually play defense in this conference as the 19.6 ppg is respectable for a PAC-Ten team. The problem is the offense only averaged 16.9 PPG. To try and correct this flaw, Arizona brought in a new offensive coordinator in Sonny Dykes. The schedule offers up 5 road games and although we rank Arizona’s defense as second in the conference, the offense is just too deficient to move them any higher than 7th.
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8) Washington State – The Cougars have a savvy QB in Alex Brink and an excellent group of wide outs. There is no doubt this team will score bunches of points and they will need to with a secondary that is sure to be shred like Swiss cheese from pass happy conference competitors week in and week out.
9) Washington – Those who are asking which team was the nations toughest schedule, here is your answer. The Huskies play Ohio State, Hawaii, & Boise State in the non conference schedule along with hosting Oregon, USC, & Cal in the pac-10 slate. Washington is improved but this years record won’t reflect it.
10) Stanford – New coach and new offense for the Cardinal. Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have much to work with in his initial season and its another rebuilding year Stanford fans.
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