Pac-12: USC Trjoans

The Pac-12 blog has spent the week highlighting the league's incredible depth at the quarterback position. The future looks pretty bright, too.

The West region is stocked with quarterback talent in the 2015 class. Ten ESPN 300 quarterbacks reside there, in addition to four other four-star quarterbacks. That's enough talent to stock the Pac-12 for years to come. How is the league faring at that position in the 2015 class?

Final analysis

Biggest gets: Darnold, Rosen, Town, Browning, Waller, White
Biggest misses: Zach Gentry, Barnett, Jones, Lewerke

Holding onto six of the 10 ESPN 300 quarterbacks is a significant number, especially when it’s taken into account that the four schools that earned commitments from the other ESPN 300 prospects -- Alabama, Florida, Michigan State and Texas -- aren't exactly recruiting lightweights. While there are undoubtedly some Pac-12 programs still looking to take advantage of the fact that recruiting can be fluid all the way until signing day, the majority of teams are likely content with the way things have played out thus far.

Ultimately, the conference has done well, given the level of local talent at such an important position.

Pregame from Palo Alto

September, 15, 2012
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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Some pretty good hype surrounding the first Pac-12 league game of the season. How much? According to Stanford officials, there are more credentialed media for today’s game against USC than there was for last year’s showdown with Oregon.

Folks are interested to see how the No. 2 Trojans (2-0) do in their first real test of the 2012 season. Most expect that center Khaled Holmes will not play for USC and Cyrus Hobbi will handle snapping duties for the Trojans.

No. 21 Stanford (2-0) plays its third straight game at home.

A few things to keep an eye on.
  • Stanford’s rushing attack vs. USC: The Cardinal haven’t run the ball great to start the year, but they have also faced nine-man fronts. The return of fullback Ryan Hewitt should help in run blocking and in the short-yardage passing game.
  • USC’s receivers vs. Stanford secondary: Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are all kinds of good. Expect quarterback Matt Barkley to take plenty of shots down field.
  • Stanford’s front seven vs. USC’s offensive line: If Holmes isn’t going to play, and he’s not expected to, you have to wonder how much pressure the Cardinal will be able to get on Barkley. Do you turn up the blitzes to confuse Hobbi? Or do you hope that rushing four will get the job done.

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