Pac-12 football preview: No clear front runner
Pac-12 football preview
The West Coast's top league is wide open heading into the fall, with a half-dozen legitimate title contenders and no overwhelming favorite. Every team has major questions at key positions. Here's a quick preview of Pac-12 football. (AP)
Top players -- Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
After one of the most spectacular individual seasons in conference history, the do-everything Heisman Trophy finalist is back to doing everything again.
Top players -- Jake Rosen
A new offensive scheme should mean bigger plays and more chances for Chosen Rosen to shine.
Top players -- Oregon RB Royce Freeman
After setting the Ducks' single-season rushing record last year, he will shoulder a heavy load during a possible transition season.
Top players -- Utah DL Lowell Lotulelei
The consummate space-eating lineman from a powerful football family is back to clog lanes on one of the nation's top defensive fronts.
Top players -- Washington QB Jake Browning
The Huskies' preseason popularity hinges partly on the gifted sophomore, who appears poised to break out with an improved offense.
Top players -- Washington State QB Luke Falk
The big-armed passer might be the man who can lead coach Mike Leach's offense into title contention.
New faces -- Oregon QB Dakota Prukop
The Montana State transfer is the favorite to follow Marcus Mariota and Vernon Adams, but he has two capable competitors for the job at the controls of the Ducks' remarkable offense.
New faces -- Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates
Rich Rodriguez is rebuilding his defense with the former Boise State coordinator, but he could need more than one season to fix everything.
New faces -- USC coach Clay Helton
He's far from new, but the veteran assistant is in his first full season in charge of the Trojans, with a roster in flux and a sadistic schedule.
On the hot seat -- Sonny Dykes, California
No coach in the Pac-12 is in imminent trouble as the season begins, but Dykes certainly could use a strong year after Jared Goff's departure to solidify his rebuilding program with the Golden Bears.
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
Likewise, the Buffaloes coach's rebuilding project probably would benefit greatly from a .500 season — or heck, even three Pac-12 victories in the same season for the first time since 2007.