2007 Pac 10 Football Preview
Pac Ten football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Pac 10 football preview as well as individual team previews for all 10 PAC10 football teams and our PAC 10 predictions. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks taken from the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.
The PAC-10 is all about great quarterbacks and solid running backs. If a team can muster a stingy defense, they're bound for the top of the heap. Four teams will battle for first-place, while 70% of the conference could end up in post-season contests. Although not considered the strongest conference, the PAC-10 may be one of the most exciting.
It's hard not to pick the USC Trojans. The defense is stellar and QB John David Booty is simply one of the best in the country. The offensive frontline needs two new starters as does the running game, but USC has plenty of talent onboard to handle just about any challenge.
The UCLA Bruins will be in contention for first, second or third place. The QB situation looks to be solved with Ben Olsen getting the start. The defense can hold opponents down and the offense must put more points up for the Bruins to actually compete for first place.
The California Golden Bears tied USC for first last season but won't do that again in 2007. They have a chance at second or third place. Like the Trojans, this team can score points and stop opponents from putting points on the board. The defensive frontline must come together and the offensive line does not have a lot of depth and must stay healthy.
The Oregon Ducks have a new offensive coordinator in Chip Kelly. QB Dennis Dixon needs to step-up. The front seven on defense are a bit unsure. However, most of the guys who were a part of the volatile "O" are back. After outgaining conference rivals by over 135 yards per game, and having the turnovers not go their way last season the Ducks should be poised for a return back to the bowls and a realistic shot at a top 3 finish in the pac 10 standings.
Like the Bruins, the Oregon State Beavers have some questions regarding the QB position. Two talented sophomores are being considered. Meanwhile, Yvenson Bernard is a fine RB, while WR Sammie Stroughter looks to have a breakout season. The team returns experienced LB, OL and secondary squads.
The Arizona State Sun Devils must perform better on "D." New coach Dennis Erikson will help get this team to the next level. The club has a very attractive schedule, favoring home field advantage. QB Rudy Carpenter must leave last season's late collapse behind and move on.
The Arizona Wildcats only averaged 16.9 PPG and with a new offensive coordinator in Sonny Dykes, the team is looking to improve that average. This team's defense is dynamic, holding opponents to less than 20 points per gamer.
Nearing the bottom, the Washington State Cougars bring back talented QB Alex Brink and a fine receiving unit. This team will score points. However, they possess a secondary that's almost guaranteed to give up plenty of points.
The Washington Huskies have some talent and hopefully stability in QB Jake Locker. But the club has perhaps the worst schedule in the conference and a questionable offensive line. The Huskies need a playmaker desperately.
The Stanford Cardinal team has brought in former NFL QB Jim Harbaugh to coach. There will be a new West Coast look and up-tempo feeling on the field. There are good receivers, but not a whole lot to work with otherwise. Four years and this program turns around.
Pac 10 Predictions
5) Oregon State
6) Arizona State
8) Washington State
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