1. USC Trojans – There are a few teams that I’m high on this year and this is one of them. They enter with high expectations and 14 guys from last year return for this season. Steve Sarkisian showed he was the right guy for the job. Cody Kessler will headline an offense that averaged over 35 points a game in 2014 and they could be one of the country’s most explosive offenses in 2015. With Nelson Agholor gone, Kessler’s go to receiver will be JuJu Smith. The defense will try their best to replace Leonard Williams. The offense will always handle its business. It’s the defense that will have a lot to prove in the fall.
2. Arizona State Sun Devils– In the past two seasons under Todd Graham, Arizona State has won 28 games and have finished as a top 25 team in back to back seasons. With a great amount of the team returning for another season, they’ll be in contention for the Pac-12 South title once again. Mike Bercovici will now be the full-time starter and he filled in for the team last year in three games. They will lean heavily on their running game to open up the passing game. The defense will be the strong point once again despite losing Damarious Russell and Marcus Hardison. The strength of this defense is the back seven.
3. UCLA Bruins– Jim Mora has done an exceptional job with this team. They enter its fourth season under Mora and they are more than capable of getting to the Pac-12 title game and winning it all. There are questions at the most important position for UCLA, the quarterback. After leading UCLA’s offense for the last three seasons and breaking many records, Brett Hundley is now in the NFL. The defense also has some questions as the season approaches after losing leadership from key players. They will have a new look about them in 2015.
4. Arizona Wildcats– I’ll never forget at one time people said Rich Rodriguez may never coach again. In his three years at the university of Arizona, they’ve won 26 games. They won the Pac-12 South and played Oregon for the Pac-12 championship. Cayleb Jones is one of the best receivers in the country and he’s their Mr. Everything. He was a go to guy in clutch situations. I really like this defense and they have one of my favorite defensive players in all of College Football and he goes by the name of Scooby Wright who will be a potential top five pick in the NFL when decides to declare. We can’t forget the road to the division title goes through the Wildcats.
5. Utah Utes– They will enter the 2015 season with a lot of confidence. They are coming off their best season as a member of the Pac-12. They won nine games for the first time since 2010. Quarterback Travis Wilson had a great year as he cut his interceptions down. On defense, the Utes will be without Nate Orchard who recorded 18.5 sacks. They have climbed the ladder each year in the conference and they will look to build off that confidence.
6. Colorado Buffaloes– They are still a work in progress. They went winless in the conference and finished 2014 with a record of 2-10. The biggest problem with them has been the close games. When you have the lead, you close out and they’ve struggled to do so over the years.
Prediction: I like USC to win this division. Under Sarkisian, they can only go up from here. Kessler and the offense will light the scoreboard up once again as they did in 2014. The defense does concern because it’ll be tough to replace such an impact player in Leonard Williams.