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Poll: Grade the Pac-12 Top 25 list

February, 4, 2014
Feb 4
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The Pac-12’s postseason Top 25 is complete. But judging from some of the mailbag questions Ted got last week and I’ll be tackling later on Tuesday, the debate has just begun.

Now’s your chance to grade the Pac-12 reporters. We posted our annual Take 2 earlier on Tuesday, where we shared our thought process and how some of the debating went down. Moving on with that insight of how the sausage is made, now it’s your turn to cast a vote.

And don’t forget to submit your own Top 25 player list (I see you, Coach Neuheisel). We’ll publish some of the highlights later this week.

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How would you grade the Pac-12 blog's top 25 list?

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Discuss (Total votes: 2,667)

How would you grade the Pac-12 postseason Top 25?

A: As close to perfection as you could probably come with a list like this. All 25 players who were listed deserved to be there and they are in the right spot -- give or take one or two places. Kevin and Ted's combined Pac-12 knowledge is surpassed only by their rugged good looks.

B: Not too shabby. Most of the players on the Top 25 deserve to be there and the rankings are, for the most part, pretty fair. I have a couple of gripes, but nothing worth getting too upset over. Overall, a solid list and a solid representation.

C: Some good, some bad. There were too many players left off the list or put on the list who didn’t deserve to be there, and the rankings were kind of screwy. It’s not the worst list ever. But I’ve seen better. Blame the new guy, Kyle.

D: Too many deserving players were left off the list for guys who didn’t deserve to be there. The rankings were also borderline horrendous. Blame the new guy, Kyle.

F: “What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” (Also, blame the new guy, Kyle).

Here's the complete list again for reference.

The countdown:
No. 1: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
No. 2: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
No. 3: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
No. 4: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
No. 5: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
No. 6: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
No. 7: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
No. 8: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
No. 9: David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 10: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
No. 11: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
No. 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
No. 13: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
No. 14: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 15: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 16: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
No. 17: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
No. 18: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
No. 19: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 20: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah
No. 21: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
No. 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
No. 23: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
No. 24: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA

Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 8

January, 29, 2014
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Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

[+] EnlargeBrett Hundley
Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsSignal-caller Brett Hundley passed up a chance to enter the 2014 NFL draft to play one more season at UCLA.
No. 8: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

2013 numbers: Hundley completed 67.2 percent of his throws for 3,071 yards with 24 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He also rushed for 748 yards and 11 scores.

Preseason ranking: No. 5

Making the case for Hundley: Hundley took some very important steps in his progression in 2013. His passing touchdowns were down from last year, but so were his interceptions. He raised his completion percentage, protected the ball better as a runner and had more rushing touchdowns. He more than doubled his rushing yards from last season. It's also worth noting that after taking 52 sacks in 2012, he cut that number to 35. It’s still not great, but it’s a clear sign that he’s improving and becoming a better decision-maker in the pocket. His athleticism is without question. Opposing coaches often point to Hundley as the most difficult quarterback in the conference to bring down. Outside of Johnny Manziel, no one has more scramble yards in the last two seasons than Hundley (per ESPN Stats & Info). His return makes the Bruins an instant favorite in the Pac-12 South and a strong contender for the league title. After passing up a chance to be a possible first-round draft pick this year, expect him to garner significant Heisman Trophy buzz heading into and throughout the 2014 season.

The countdown:
No. 9: David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 10: Leonard Williams, DE, USC
No. 11: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
No. 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
No. 13: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
No. 14: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 15: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 16: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
No. 17: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
No. 18: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
No. 19: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 20: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah
No. 21: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
No. 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
No. 23: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
No. 24: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA

Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 12

January, 28, 2014
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Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

No. 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

2013 numbers: Su'a-Filo was the anchor on a UCLA offensive line that helped the Bruins average 448.1 total yards, 36.9 points and 196.6 rushing yards per game.

Preseason ranking: No. 18

Making the case for Su'a-Filo: There's no greater honor for a lineman in the Pac-12 than the Morris Trophy, which is voted on by the league's starters on both the offensive and defensive lines. The Pac-12's defensive players voted Su'a-Filo as the conference's best offensive lineman after a season in which he was also named first-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight year. In addition, he was named UCLA's team MVP and declared for the NFL draft. ESPN Scouts Inc. ranks Su'a-Filo as the No. 5 offensive guard in the draft Insider.

The countdown:

Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 25

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
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Our countdown of the Pac-12’s top 25 players from the 2013 season begins.

Well, it began Sunday night when the list was completed after a funereal conversation between your Pac-12 reporters in which we realized a lot of good players will be left out.

We have prepared for your outrage and charges of "No credibility!" by pouring 100 buckets of boiling oil on each others' heads.

You can review our 2013 preseason top 25 here.

And that this guy is No. 25 tells you how strong this list is.

No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA

2013 numbers: On offense, Jack rushed for 267 yards on 38 carries, averaging 7.0 yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns. On defense, Jack had 76 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, a sack, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

2013 preseason ranking: Unranked.

Making the case for Jack: Jack had one of the more spectacular true freshman debuts in Pac-12/10/8 history. He not only earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors as a linebacker, he also earned freshman offensive AND defensive player of the year. No, that has not been done before. Jack didn't play running back until Nov. 9 at Arizona, but he made a strong first impression when he rushed for 120 yards and a TD on six carries. He ended up as the Bruins' fourth-leading rusher and fourth-leading scorer with 48 points -- seven rushing touchdowns and an interception return for a TD. While his NFL future figures to be at linebacker, if he continues to see significant two-way action he could become a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2014.

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