LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Hollywood to the sports activities world, everyone loves a comeback story. That’s why Southern California’s costly, eye-catching rebirth is attracting a lot consideration. It’s why a group that completed 4-8 final season after which added dozens of latest gamers this summer time is No. 14 within the AP Prime 25 even earlier than the Trojans have performed a down below new head coach Lincoln Riley. The Trojans are the West Coast’s greatest, most compelling program once they’re at their peak. However they haven’t been there arguably since 2008. The burden of USC’s historical past doesn’t but dangle closely on Riley or his new expertise.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is the preseason choose to repeat as Pac-12 champions. And this season, the Utes shall be specializing in making extra huge performs downfield. Quarterback Cam Rising Rising threw for two,493 yards and 20 touchdowns final season, and the group thinks his accuracy and improved arm power can stretch the sector. Utah returns 5 of its six prime receivers, too. The Utes open the season at Florida on Sept. 3. It’s the primary true highway sport in opposition to an SEC opponent since taking part in at Tennessee in 1984.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s quarterback competitors has been a battle behind closed doorways between switch Bo Nix and redshirt freshmen Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield. Nix, a fourth-year junior, is broadly thought of the favourite to begin for the No. 11 Geese, who’ve undergone fairly a makeover within the offseason — beginning on the prime with new head coach Dan Lanning. He got here to Oregon from Georgia, the place he was the defensive coordinator. The Geese open play in opposition to Lanning’s previous group, Georgia, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 3. They host No. 7 Utah — the group that beat them within the Pac-12 championship sport final season — on Nov. 19.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The curtain closed round Herm Edwards’ sizzling seat within the minutes after Arizona State’s win over rival Arizona final November, when athletic director Ray Anderson mentioned the charismatic coach would return in 2022. The warmth may rise once more this season if the Solar Devils don’t come collectively shortly with a roster that has 43 new gamers. Arizona State misplaced 5 assistant coaches, together with each coordinators, and quite a few gamers to the switch portal. The Solar Devils additionally had 11 gamers who have been drafted or signed with NFL groups as free brokers. Arizona State changed them primarily by way of the switch portal, which has led, partially to low expectations — a minimum of from exterior this system. Arizona State was picked to complete tenth within the Pac-12 preseason media ballot.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When Stanford was rolling by way of the Pac-12 early in coach David Shaw’s tenure the components was fairly easy. The Cardinal overpowered opponents within the trenches with a dominant offensive line that fueled one of many nation’s finest operating video games and a line of defense that was relentless. That’s what made final 12 months so stunning and irritating for Shaw with an offense that couldn’t run the ball and a protection that couldn’t cease it. The problems within the trenches led to a season-ending seven-game dropping streak and a 3-9 document for the worst season on The Farm since a one-win season in 2006.
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