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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Poll: Top 2012 storyline?

By Kevin Gemmell

Yesterday we looked at a few of the best highlights/storylines from the 2012 Pac-12 season. For our poll purposes, we're going to narrow that list down to five and see what you have to say.

It was a crazy, unpredictable season with plenty of thrilling -- and forehead slapping -- moments. The running backs were phenomenal. The Biletnikoff winner hailed from the Pac-12, as expected, and quarterbacking was a major storyline throughout the year. So, here's five storylines that Ted and I felt were pretty significant.

Your Tuesday poll question: What was the biggest storyline from the 2012 season?

Your options:

QB turnover: Only four teams in the Pac-12 had the same starting quarterback throughout the season. Be it injuries or performance reasons, there was a lot of shuffling in the conference this season. The biggest winner has to be Stanford and its decision to go with Kevin Hogan. Washington State never really found a groove at QB and the Beavers enter the offseason with a fairly heated quarterback battle.

USC's collapse: The Trojans became the first preseason No. 1 in history to lose six games and the first since 1964 to finish unranked. So much talent. So much potential. So little production. History will not look fondly on the 2012 Trojans and their epic downfall.

Stanford wins: It was going to be USC or Oregon. Or so we thought. And then USC started to slide. And then it was going to be Oregon. Or so we thought. But Stanford's defense had other plans as they shocked the college football world be beating the top-ranked Ducks, in overtime, in Autzen, with Hogan making just his second career start at quarterback and his first on the road.

Hirings and firings: The firings of Jeff Tedford and Cal and Jon Embree at Colorado weren't without controversy. There were some who felt Tedford deserved one more year and others who felt Embree deserved at least a third year. But both Sonny Dykes (Cal) and Mike MacIntrye (Colorado) come in with impressive resumes -- and a lot of pieces to pick up.

Coaching returns: Chip Kelly, David Shaw and Jim Mora were all rumored to be headed to the NFL. Kelly received the strongest and most public wooing. But all three are coming back. Shaw signed an extension, Mora signed an extension and the crop of coaches in the Pac-12 rivals any league in the country.