Let us remember as the season winds down that the teams we follow with such passion are made up of college students.
So, we present this year's Pac-10 All-Academic team, which is topped by three-time first-team selection Mike Nixon, the fine linebacker -- and former professional baseball player -- from Arizona State.
Last week, Nixon also was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. In addition to Nixon, nine other players were named to the Pac-10 academic team for the second time.
You also will notice that Stanford's Toby Gerhart, a top Heisman Trophy candidate, is a first-team member. Gerhart boasts a 3.25 GPA in management science & engineering, which sounds hard to me.
For those keeping score -- you always do -- Stanford has the most first-team members with eight. Washington State has five and Oregon State four. California has three, Oregon has two and Arizona State, UCLA and Washington have one apiece.
Neither Arizona nor USC had a first-team member.
To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant substitute.
To see the second-team and honorable mentions, click here.
Pos. Name, School Yr. GPA Major
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford RFr. 3.55 Undeclared
RB Josh Catron, Stanford Sr. 3.48 Economics
RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford Sr. 3.25 Management Science & Engineering
WR Casey Kjos, Oregon State (2) Jr. 3.63 Psychology & Sociology
WR Alex Lagemann, California Jr. 3.68 Media Studies
TE David Paulson, Oregon So. 3.68 Business Administration
OL Mark Boskovich, California (2) Jr. 3.73 Political Science
OL Micah Hannam, Washington State (2)Jr. 3.59 Civil Engineering
OL Andrew Phillips, Stanford Jr. 3.53 Classics
OL Chris Prummer, Washington State Jr. 3.88 Zoology
OL Carson York, Oregon RFr. 3.70 Journalism
DL Kevin Frahm, Oregon State So. 3.24 Political Science
DL Kevin Kooyman, Washington State Sr. 3.16 Management & Operations
DL Erik Lorig, Stanford Sr. 3.12 Public Policy
DL Tom McAndrew, Stanford (2) Sr. 3.58 Science, Technology & Society
LB Mike Mohamed, California (2) Jr. 3.43 Business Administration
LB Mike Nixon, Arizona State (3) Sr. 4.07 Political Science
LB Will Powers, Stanford (2) Sr. 3.48 Classics
DB Victor Aiyewa, Washington (2) Jr. 3.36 Sociology
DB Cameron Collins, Oregon State (2) So. 3.37 Business
DB Jay Matthews, Washington State RFr. 3.68 Undeclared
DB Chima Nwachukwu, Washington State (2)Jr. 3.79 Political Science
PK Nate Whitaker, Stanford Jr. 3.38 Engineering
P Jeff Locke, UCLA RFr. 3.69 Undeclared
RS Taylor Kavanaugh, Oregon State Sr. 3.28 Construction Engineering
(2) Two-time first-team All-Academic selection
(3) Three-time first-team All-Academic selection