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2007 Pac 10 Preview - Unit Rankings

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Posted Jul 27, 2007


2007 CFN Preview - Pac 10 Unit Rankings from top to bottom

2007 CFN Pac 10 Preview

Unit Rankings

Team Previews, Offenses, Defenses & Depth Charts
Arizona | Arizona State | California | Oregon | Oregon State
Stanford | UCLA | USC | Washington | Washington State


- 2007 CFN Pac 10 Preview
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CFN All-Pac 10 Team & Top 30 Players
- Pac 10 Team-by-Team Capsules
- Pac 10 Schedules & Predictions

Offenses
1. USC
Does anyone in the country reload faster than the Trojans?  While there’ll be new faces on the line, at wide receiver, and at offensive coordinator, the high-powered results that have become commonplace in the Pete Carroll era aren’t about to change.  Of course, it helps to have at the controls strong-armed senior John David Booty, one of the early favorites to add a fourth Heisman Trophy to Heritage Hall in the last six years.  He’ll be surrounded by an absolutely decadent amount of skill position talent, but most of the receivers lack experience at this level.  In this case, talent will overcome inexperience in a rout.  At 6-5 and 220 pounds, junior receiver Patrick Turner has the imposing size and sticky fingers to conjure up images of Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett, and have a breakout year.  Although the line is going to miss the presence of center Ryan Kalil, returning two-time All-American Sam Baker to protect Booty’s blindside will help cushion the blow.

2. California
3. Oregon State
4. Arizona State
5. Oregon
6. UCLA
7. Washington State
8. Washington
9. Arizona
10. Stanford

Quarterbacks  
1. USC
Dust off the Heisman hype machine because John David Booty will be in the thick of the race as long as USC is winning games and on top of the national rankings.  In fact, with Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain on campus, don’t even bother putting it back in storage at the end of the season.


2. California
3. UCLA
4. Washington State
5. Arizona State
6. Oregon
7. Arizona
8. Oregon State
9. Washington
10. Stanford

Running Backs
1. Oregon State
No one could have guessed it two years ago, but Yvenson Bernard is about to join Steven Jackson and Ken Simonton as one of the all-time great backs in school history.  While he’ll shoulder the load and pile up the yards again in 2007, he’ll also get a little more help than usual from Clinton Polk.

2. Oregon
3. Arizona State
4. USC
5. UCLA
6. California
7. Washington
8. Washington State
9. Arizona
10. Stanford

Receivers
1. California
Pick your poison, defensive coordinators.  If DeSean Jackson gets too much attention, Robert Jordan and Lavelle Hawkins will feast on single coverage.   If the secondary plays too far back, Craig Stevens will nickel-and-dime it to death.  Other than trying to physically manhandle them, there’ll be no easy way to contain the Cal receivers in 2007.

2. Oregon State
3. USC
4. Washington State
5. Stanford
6. Oregon
7. UCLA
8. Arizona State
9. Washington
10. Arizona

Offensive Line
1. USC
Sure, there’ll be mild growing pains with two new starters, but if Drew Radovich and Jeff Byers can remain healthy and play up to their potential, any drop-off from last year will be subtle.  Having all-stars in Sam Baker and Chilo Rachal to work around will make life better for the newcomers. It helps that the Trojans won’t see a top-flight defensive line until the second half of the year.

2. Oregon State
3. California
4. Arizona State
5. UCLA
6. Oregon
7. Arizona
8. Washington
9. Washington State
10. Stanford

Defenses
1. USC
The Trojan offense is good.  The Trojan defense is scary good.  Backed by a Who’s Who of future first-day NFL Draft choices, USC is ready to unleash the nastiest and stingiest unit of the Pete Carroll era.  Led by Sedrick Ellis at the nose, Keith Rivers at middle linebacker, and Terrell Thomas at cornerback, the Trojans boast seven players capable of making a run at All-America honors in 2007.  Yeah, a few more sacks and takeaways would be nice, but this is as close to a flawless unit that there is in the country.  From front to back, they’re aggressive, experienced and fast enough to create a swarming effect on the ball carrier.  Although the Trojans will give up yards to teams playing from behind, scoring meaningful points on them in the first three quarters is going to be a year-long nightmare.

2. UCLA
3. Arizona
4. Oregon State
5. California
6. Arizona State
7. Oregon
8. Washington
9. Washington State
10. Stanford

Defensive Lines
1. USC
Arguably the nation’s toughest defensive line will set the tone for the entire defense, winning the battle for the line of scrimmage and clamping down on every opponent intent on establishing a ground game. Sedrick Ellis and Lawrence Jackson are All-America caliber playmakers to work around, while Fili Moala is an unsung rock on the inside who'll swallow everything up.    

2. UCLA
3. Washington
4. Oregon State
5. Arizona State
6. California
7. Arizona
8. Oregon
9. Washington State
10. Stanford

Linebackers
1. USC
Over the years, a ton of great linebackers have done their apprenticeship at USC, but this group has a chance to be the best ever.  Three NFL-ready players at their respective positions, Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga, and Brian Cushing, will control game after game. The backup trio of Kaluka Maiava, Thomas Williams and Clay Matthews could start at about 90 other places.

2. Oregon State
3. California
4. UCLA
5. Arizona
6. Arizona State
7. Washington
8. Washington State
9. Stanford
10. Oregon

Defensive Backs
1. USC
Last season’s Pac-10-best pass defense will be even stingier this season, adding more picks and fumble recoveries to an already impressive stat sheet. This is an NFL caliber secondary with several players certain to make a whole bunch of money at the next level.

2. UCLA
3. Arizona
4. Oregon
5. Oregon State
6. California
7. Arizona State
8. Washington
9. Washington State
10. Stanford

Special Teams
1. California
With DeSean Jackson electrifying on punt returns, and Andrew Larson and Tom Schneider handling the kicking game, the Cal special teams unit will have few peers.

2. Oregon State
3. Arizona State
4. UCLA
5. USC
6. Oregon
7. Arizona
8. Washington
9. Washington State
10. Stanford

 

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