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Pac-12 North Spring Preview - Team Problems
Washington QB Keith Price
Washington QB Keith Price
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Posted Mar 3, 2013


2013 Pac-12 North Spring Preview - What Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy

2013 Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - Pac-12 North


North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona St | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah 

2013 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On   

California
Start: February 25 Spring Game: March 23

Why To Be Grouchy … Dykes didn’t exactly inherit a championship-caliber roster in Berkeley. The Bears need to anoint a new quarterback, replace last season’s top runner and receiver and fix a defense that gave up 181 points over the final four games. It’s entirely possible that Cal will take a step back before even thinking about moving forward. A lot of pivotal openings will be up for grabs in the spring and summer.

Colorado
Start: March 7 Spring Game: April 13

Why To Be Grouchy … as last year indicated, the Buffs are still a long way from having the talent on either side of the ball to compete with even middling Pac-12 opponents. The program’s best player, LT David Bakhtiari, bolted early for the NFL, leaving behind a questionable collection of talent. After true freshmen started a nation’s-high 57 games in 2012, Colorado will be more experienced, yet still rather green.

Oregon
Start: April 2 Spring Game: April 27

Why To Be Grouchy … Chip is gone. After flirting with the NFL in 2011, head coach Chip Kelly took an offer from the Philadelphia Eagles in January. Big blow for the Ducks. Kelly was a transformational figure in Eugene, guiding the program from good to great during his tenure. Can Oregon remain one of college football’s elite national contenders now that Mark Helfrich is calling the shots? Time will tell. But there’s no doubt that Kelly will be missed on the sidelines.

Oregon State
Start: April 1 Spring Game: April 26

Why To Be Grouchy … Oregon State will have a difficult time duplicating last year’s effort in run defense, in which it ranked 27th in the country. The middle of the D has been gutted by the graduations of MLB Feti Taumoepeau and tackles Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo. The interior linemen, in particular, were unheralded, occupying blockers so that the Beavers on the flanks can make big plays.

Stanford
Start: February 25 Spring Game: April 13

Why To Be Grouchy … yeah, the blueprint is working on the Farm, but not necessarily because of the potency of the offense. RB Stepfan Taylor leaves behind enormous shoes to fill, and the team has a dearth of quality targets in the passing game after tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo opted for the NFL Draft. Oh, and as terrific as QB Kevin Hogan was down the stretch in 2012, he still has a lot to prove as a pure dropback passer who can convert on third-and long.

Washington
Start: March 5 Spring Game: April 20

Why To Be Grouchy … the offensive line should be healthier than it was last season, but will it be any better? Many of an underachieving offense’s problems stemmed from a banged-up line that finished 102nd nationally in sacks allowed. Sure, QB Keith Price regressed from his breakout sophomore season, but many of his problems stemmed from not getting enough time to set his feet in the pocket. If Price gets proper support from his blockers, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, RB Bishop Sankey and WR Kasen Williams will form a dynamite trio.

Washington State
Start: March 21 Spring Game: April 20

Why To Be Grouchy … compared to the rest of the Pac-12, Wazzu still has a long way to go before narrowing the talent gap. Both lines are shaky, and the defense gave up more than 33 points a game in 2012. It’s going to take at least another recruiting class and intense player development before the Cougars can seriously think about competing for a spot in the postseason.

2013 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On