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2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... Pac 10
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers
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Posted Feb 11, 2010


The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - The Pac 10


2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

Pac 10 Teams

CFN 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
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- 2009 CFN Final Rankings
- 2009 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2008 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2007 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2010 CFN Recruiting Rankings  

11. Oregon
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 10
Oregon won a Pac-10 championship with a team that had very few senior starters, so a repeat is more than just an attainable goal; it’s expected. With Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James returning to the backfield and the entire offensive line intact, Chip Kelly’s offense could be even more prolific in 2010. The defense can use a complement to Kenny Rowe at defensive end and the offense is always looking for more consistency from the receivers, but otherwise, this program is poised for a third straight 10-win season.

15. USC
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 16
What now? This is uncharted territory for Lane Kiffin and the program. Having been humbled by the league for a change, USC will spend the next few months trying to pull itself back up to national contention. Continuity at quarterback will help and raw talent on both sides of the ball isn’t an issue, but the Trojans need to locate the swagger that was missing in 2009. Of all the units, the secondary will be hardest hit by graduation, losing Taylor Mays, Kevin Thomas, Josh Pinkard, and Will Harris.

32. Stanford
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 38
Assuming he heads to the NFL, life after Toby Gerhart will not be easy. Lessening the blow will be the return of Andrew Luck for his second season as the starting quarterback. He’s only scratched the surface of his potential, and has talented receivers Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu back at his disposal. As well as Jim Harbaugh has been recruiting the country, there’s no reason to believe Stanford can’t turn bowl invitations and Pac-10 contention into annual occurrences.

33. Oregon State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 37
The Beavers will be chock full of returning starters, including the Rodgers brothers, James and Quizz, so a regression is not expected in 2010. The most watched competition of the offseason will be at quarterback where Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao are outgoing seniors. Although Ryan Katz is the frontrunner, it’ll be worth keeping an eye on Peter Lalich, a transfer from Virginia.

38. California
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 43
While it’s not as if Cal hasn’t seen far worse days, there’s this nagging feeling that it has to elevate higher than its current station…and soon. While the overall depth in the Pac-10 continues to improve, the Bears are stuck in neutral, unable to accelerate past middling December bowl games. Even if Best opts for the NFL, the running game will be in the capable hands of Shane Vereen. And even without any glaring weaknesses expected, the program has a lot to prove before it’ll get the benefit of the doubt in 2010.

40. Washington
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 63
Washington felt good about 2010 before QB Jake Locker announced his intentions for his senior year. Now that he’s decided to hold off on the NFL Draft, the Huskies are downright giddy. With the returns of so many skill position players to complement the quarterback, the offense has the parts to be terrific in Steve Sarkisian’s second year. Anything less than a return to the postseason will be viewed as a major disappointment in Seattle.

42. UCLA
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 59
As Rick Neuheisel enters the third year of his rebuilding project in Westwood, it’s time for the offense to start carrying its weight. That’ll be particularly important in 2010 as the Bruins part ways with many of their best defensive stoppers. A lot will depend on the development of QB Kevin Prince in his second year as the starter. He’ll be helped by the returns of many of his skill position players and top blocker Xavier Su'a-Filo.

46. Arizona
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 22
While the Holiday Bowl dress down gave Arizona a sobering measuring stick, the program has to like where it’s headed. Back-to-back postseason invites have done wonders for its psyche and its ability to recruit throughout the West. There’ll be losses on both sides of the ball, but nothing so devastating that the ‘Cats can’t keep rolling under head coach Mike Stoops. Another season with QB Nick Foles will help the offense, as will the return to health of RB Nic Grigsby. He’s too valuable to be in and out of the lineup, as he was throughout 2009.

57. Arizona State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 90
To say that 2010 will be a crossroads season for Dennis Erickson and the program is an understatement. Neither can afford a third losing year in-a-row. As the offense desperately seeks an identity and a pulse, this might be the beginning of the Brock Osweiler era in Tempe. After playing sparingly as a rookie, he could be turned loose in the spring, getting a chance to show off one of the strongest young arms in the conference.

96. Washington State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 115
The only direction is up, right? Washington State simply can’t get any worse, but how much progress it shows in 2010 will determine whether or not Wulff returns for 2011. The good news is that the program has used a slew of underclassmen during the last two seasons, which has to start paying off eventually. Although Tuel offers a glimmer of hope, he’ll need a ton more help if the Cougars are even to get out of the Pac-10 cellar in the near term.

No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC