Where did we have them before the season began and where did they end up at season’s end? Let’s take a look:
1. Oregon (11-1) Where we had them: 1
Oregon will not be represented in the Pac-12 Championship, but they are still the best team in the Pac-12 in our books.
2. Stanford (10-2) Where we had them: 5
We thought it would be harder for the Cardinal without Andrew Luck, but Stanford’s defense was good enough to make up for his absence and prove us wrong.
3. Oregon State (8-3) Where we had them: 10
Likely the Pac-12′s biggest surprise this year, Oregon State’s veteran leadership took this team a lot further than anyone expected.
4. UCLA (9-2) Where we had them: 7
Team’s with new coaches are showing the Pac-12 that there are new sheriffs in town to worry about moving forward, and Jim Mora is no exception. After only one year under his helm, his Bruins will represent the Pac-12 South for the Pac-12 Championship.
5. Arizona (7-5) Where we had them: 8
With he help of Matt Scott and Ka’Deem Carey, RichRod took this troubled and depth deprived team much further than anyone expected: a bowl game.
6. Arizona State (7-5) Where we had them: 12
Yeah, we were biased. Todd Graham and his freshmen quarterback exceeded expectations under the new program as well.
7. USC (7-5) Last week’s position: 2
The biggest Pac-12 dissapointment of the year, USC went from discussions of being a National Championship contender to discussions of Lane Kiffin’s job security. With as much talent as the Trojans have, their collapse is catastrophic for the program.
8. Washington (7-5) Where we had them: 4
With an experienced program and coaching staff, Washington continues to come in with high expecations only to prove year in and year out that they are nothing more than mediocre. It might be time for a coaching change soon.
8. Utah (5-7) Where we had them: 3
Another team with high expectations going in, the hiring of a new offensive coordinator proved to be not such a great idea.
10. California (3-9) Where we had them: 6
Firing head coach Jeff Tedford shows the difference between where the Golden Bears saw themselves going into this season and where they ended up.
11. Washington State (3-9) Where we had them: 9
Washington State was the only team with a new coach that did not go beyond what people thought they would do. Coach Leach has a lot cut out for him in Pullman.
12. Colorado (1-10) Where we had them: 11
We knew they’d be bad, but….