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Pac 10 Offseason Lookback & Lookaheads
UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 24, 2010


A look back at 2009 and a prespring lookahead for each Pac 10 team

Spring 2010

Lookbacks & Lookaheads ... Pac 10


- 2010 Pac 10 Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
- 2010 Pac 10 Composite Schedule & Rankings 
- 2010 Pac 10 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
- 2010 Pac 10 Recruiting Rankings 

Click on each team for the 2009 Lookback & 2010 Lookahead
Arizona | Arizona St | California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford
UCLA | USC | Washington | Washington State

Arizona  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
After consecutive winning seasons and bowl games, the Wildcats are on solid footing and enjoying their best momentum in years. There’s enough returning talent on both sides of the ball to feel good about a third straight postseason berth. QB Nick Foles returns looking to build on last season’s All-Pac-10 honorable mention debut. He’ll be flanked by all of his preferred skill position players, namely backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin, and receivers Juron Criner and David Roberts. Assuming Foles continues to grow and Grigsby can stay healthy, Arizona will keep pace with any Pac-10 offense in 2010.

Arizona State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
There are enough returning pieces on defense for the unit to once again be among the stingiest in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils were first in the league in total defense and second in scoring D, posting some of the best results in school history. From that unit Lawrence Guy and Saia Falahola return to the middle of the line, Vontaze Burfict is poised to become a star at linebacker, and CB Omar Bolden will play with the urgency of a possible NFL draft pick.

California  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
RB Jahvid Best has declared for the NFL Draft, yet the offense shouldn’t even notice it. The Bears bring back third-year starting QB Kevin Riley, budding superstar Shane Vereen to supplant Best, leading receiver Marvin Jones, and four-fifths of the starting line. If that’s not enough for Jeff Tedford to produce 30 points a game, it’ll be a sign that his skills as an offensive innovator have badly slipped.

Oregon  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
If you liked the Duck offense in 2009, you’ll absolutely fall in love with it in 2010. Provide off-field issues don’t fell them, everyone of relevance, except TE Ed Dickson, is back, including QB Jeremiah Masoli, All-Pac-10 RB LaMichael James, and the entire starting offensive line. The passing game and the receivers can be more consistent, but it won’t matter if Oregon can continue to churn out well over 200 yards a game on the ground.

Oregon State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Most of the same cast that almost won a Pac-10 title in 2009 will be returning in 2010. More specifically, the Rodgers brothers, Quizz and James, will still be frustrating opposing defenses and head coach Mike Riley has fended off higher profile offers to remain in Corvallis. More than any player personnel move, Riley is the key that keeps the Beavers humming. As long as he’s on the sidelines, which should be for a while, Oregon State has reason for optimism.

Stanford  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
After a decade of futility, the Cardinal finally has a head of steam courtesy of last year’s eight wins and Sun Bowl invitation. Couple that with the return of Jim Harbaugh and another solid recruiting class, and Stanford is trending up. All of last year’s success was achieved with a redshirt freshman under center. A more seasoned Andrew Luck plus top receivers Chris Owusu and Ryan Whalen will help give the program one of the Pac-10’s most dangerous passing games.

UCLA  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
With USC muddling through its first rough patch in almost a decade, there’s an opening for the Bruins and Rick Neuheisel to capitalize. Yeah, UCLA has been mediocre over the last two seasons, but it also used a ton of young kids during that time and took a small step forward in 2009. After suffering through the growing pains of redshirt freshman QB Kevin Prince, the offense might be poised to turn the corner. Prince will be joined by top rusher Johnathan Franklin, top receivers Nelson Rosario and Taylor Embree, and his entire offensive line.

USC  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
This is still Troy, which means pound-for-pound, no one in the Pac-10 has as much raw talent on the depth chart. Replacing Pete Carroll with Lane Kiffin was a signal of continuity, on the field and with the latest recruiting class. The Trojans hit rock bottom a year ago, losing four games and playing the entire season with a true freshman behind center. Matt Barkley returns for his second spring better prepared, physically and mentally, and poised to become one of the nation’s up-and-coming young hurlers.

Washington  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
All signs point to the Huskies returning to the postseason for the first time since 2002, a long-overdue hint of optimism. QB Jake Locker surprised everyone by putting off the NFL for one more season in Seattle. He’ll team up for a second year with head coach Steve Sarkisian, who did an underrated job in his debut as a head coach. Washington used a lot of young players in 2009, especially on offense, which will really produce dividends this fall. U-Dub has a chance to be one of this year’s biggest surprises in the Pac-10.

Washington State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
After enduring the worst two-year stretch in school history, Cougar fans are clinging to the old adage that the only direction is north. Paul Wulff has used a swath of underclassmen over that time, which the coach hopes will start to produce more consistency and better overall results in 2010. The program was encouraged last fall by the play of true freshman QB Jeff Tuel, who threw six touchdown passes in a handful of appearances before suffering an injury.