2009 Pac 10 Football Preview
Pac Ten football preview from Maddux Sports for the 2009 season. 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. Haven't had much luck beating your bookie? This season up your chances and order Maddux's winning college football picks.
The Pac-10 Conference offers topnotch play with teams that always seem to be highly competitive outside of the conference. Last year five clubs from the league were invited to bowl games. Of the Pac-10 conference teams that participated—USC, California, Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon—all won their games. Thus the programs were victorious in the Sun, Holiday, Las Vegas, Emerald and Rose Bowls. That says a lot about the power of the teams in the league.
Although the USC Trojans lack experience on defense and at quarterback, they are still a bone to be chewed. A veteran offensive line will help sophomore quarterback Aaron Corp keep his composure. USC has the best group of recruits in the Pac-10. Despite the fact that they are in decline, the Trojans are still the club to beat. That is until someone beats them.
The California Golden Bears have the most dangerous player in the league—running back Jahvid Best. A total of 15 starters come back, making this one of the most experienced teams in the Pac-10. Junior QB Kevin Riley has to be more accurate and start making big plays. His completion rate last season was just 51%.
The Oregon Ducks are led by the able arm and mind of QB Jeremiah Masoli. Although just 10 starters return, the Ducks still possess capable and talented players. The teams has a new head coach, Chip Kelly, who is also the offensive coordinator.
Star running back Jacquizz Rodgers and quarterbacks Lyle Moevato and Sean Canfield give the Oregon State Beavers dynamic offensive potential. But the offensive line has lost some important players and the defense sees just three starters return. Despite this hodgepodge of good and bad news, head coach Mike Riley knows how to fashion a winner.
The UCLA Bruins missed the bowl season last year. This year, they will be headed back to the post-season. Sixteen starters are back, including nine on offense. The defense is exceptional but a new quarterback and inexperienced O-line will prove to be challenging.
Last season the Arizona Wildcats showed marked improvement going to their first bowl game in a decade. Coach Mike Stoops has a solid and tough defense on hand. But loses in the receiving corps, a new starting quarterback and a tougher schedule will test this team.
In 2008, the Stanford Cardinal team almost made it back to a bowl game. They have not been to one since 2001. A total of 17 starters, all in their third year, return. Both offensive and defensive lines are sound. There are questions regarding potential offensive output.
The Arizona State Sun Devils will miss QB Rudy Carpenter and are in search of an adequate rushing attack. Coach Dennis Erikson has managed to attract one of the best new classes in the league.
For the Washington Huskies 2009 will reveal an improved team that’s not quite good enough to make it to a post-season contest. The offensive line and secondary are worrisome but 17 starters from last season will play—the most in the league. QB Jake Locker is back after being injured last season. This club could be a spoiler.
In the second-season utilizing coach Paul Wulff’s system, look for the Washington State Cougars to be more competitive. Although there are some fine recruits, there are holes in the defense and a lack of playmakers on offense.
In 2009, the Pac-10 should be a lot of fun to watch. Already great teams, improving rosters and some of the best new players around make this a great league.
Pac 10 Predictions
1) USC Trojans
2) California Golden Bears
3) Oregon Ducks
4) Oregon State Beavers
5) UCLA Bruins
6) Arizona Wildcats
7) Stanford Cardinal
8) Arizona State Sun Devils
9) Washington Huskies
10) Washington State Cougars
For more info on the 2009 PAC Ten Conference, view their official website or read up on all the pac 10 football team previews below.