A review of the Pac-12's top-25 list


The Pac-12 blog's top-25 list is complete with the naming of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota No. 1.

It's wonderful that everyone came to the same conclusion: The list is perfect. You wouldn't change a thing.

Let's break down the list.

By team:

Arizona: 2

Arizona State: 2

California: 0

Colorado: 0

Oregon: 5

Oregon State: 3

Stanford: 6


USC: 2

Utah: 2

Washington: 0

Washington State: 0

Notes: The shutting out of California, Colorado and Washington State probably surprises no one. A goose egg for Washington? Well, that hasn't been terribly popular, particularly with two clear candidates in cornerback Desmond Trufant and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The rest of the numbers make pretty good sense based on the standings, with Oregon and Stanford combining for 11 players. In fact, the Ducks and Stanford had a couple of elite guys who were left off. So, basically, no one is happy.

By unit:

Offense: 13

Defense: 11

Special teams: 1

Notes: We didn't spend a lot of time worrying about balance between units. It just worked out that way. The preseason list was 16 to 9 in favor of offense.

By position:

Quarterback: 5

Offensive line: 1

Running back: 4

Receiver: 2

Tight end: 1

Inside linebacker: 1

Outside linebacker: 4

Defensive tackle: 2

Defensive end: 1

Safety: 1

Cornerback: 2

Kick returner: 1

Notes: Pretty good balance here. Obviously, the Pac-12 had a lot of good backfields in 2012. After quarterback, running back overtook receiver as the marquee position. The preseason list featured four top-10 receivers. The postseason list featured four top-10 running backs. You could say it wasn't a great year for linemen. Some of that is more teams using a 3-4 look on defense, which has defensive ends becoming outside linebackers.

Who's coming back?

No. 1: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

No. 2: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

No. 3: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

No. 5: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

No. 11: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

No. 15: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

No. 16: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

No. 18: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

No. 19: David Yankey, OL, Stanford

No. 21: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

No. 22: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

No. 24: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

Notes: That's 12-of-25 and four of the top-five. Not too bad. A good mixture of offense and defense, too.

Also coming back (in no particularly order -- honest): Seferian-Jenkins, Stanford DT Ben Gardner, Oregon WR/RB De'Anthony Thomas, Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, Arizona WR Austin Hill, UCLA LB Eric Kendricks, Oregon TE Colt Lyerla, Washington RB Bishop Sankey, USC DE Morgan Breslin, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford, Oregon State C Isaac Seumalo, Stanford LB Shayne Skov, Oregon S Avery Patterson, USC DT Leonard Williams, Arizona State RB Marion Grice, Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon State QR Brandin Cooks, Oregon C Hronis Grasu, UCLA OG Xavier Sua-Filo, Washington State S Deone Bucannon, California RB Brendan Bigelow, Colorado WR Paul Richardson, Arizona State H-back Chris Coyle, Oregon State LB D.J. Alexander and Oregon DE Taylor Hart.

Just to name a few (I had to stop adding guys. I'd never finish this post).

So the preseason top-25 list will be easy to make and be just as uncontroversial as this one.