Pac-12 Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections
The Pac-12’s best players, best coaches, and bowl projections at the midseason.
Pac-12 Midseason Top Ten Players
1. RB Bryce Love, Stanford
He’s the nation’s leading rusher, and it’s not even close with 1,240 yards averaging 207 per game. No one else is above 175, and only three other players – Navy QB Zach Abey, San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor – are above 150.
He hit Arizona State with 301 yards, UCLA for 263, and pushed past Utah for 152 yards on the way to a 3-1 Pac-12 start. Don’t blame Love for the loss to USC – he ran for 160 yards on just 17 carries.
Not based on talent as much as overall performances, the rest of the top performers of the first half of the season have been …
2. QB Josh Rosen, Jr. UCLA
3. QB Luke Falk, Sr. Washington State
4. QB Jake Browning, Jr. Washington
5. DE Hercules Mata’afa, Jr. Washington State
6. QB Sam Darnold, Soph. USC
7. RB Phillip Lindsay, Sr. Colorado
8. CB Justin Reid, Jr. Stanford
9. LB Devante Downs, Sr. Cal
10. QB Manny Wilkins, Jr. Arizona State
Pac-12 Midseason Coach Rankings
1. Mike Leach, Washington State
This might not seem quite right considering this was supposed to be one of Leach’s strongest teams ever – either at Wazzu or Texas Tech – but it’s more than performed up to any and all expectations so far.
Yeah, Leach and the Cougars caught a break playing all home games up until the trip to Oregon, and they lucked out not having to deal with Duck QB Justin Herbert, but he’s been able to keep his team unbeaten, the coaching staff dialed up the win over over USC, and now there are real, live expectations to win the Pac-12 title.
Based on what they were able to do over the first half of the season considering the talent returning and expectations …
2. Chris Petersen, Washington
3. David Shaw, Stanford
4. Justin Wilcox, Cal
5. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
6. Kyle Whittingham, Utah
7. Clay Helton, USC
8. Todd Graham, Arizona State
9. Mike McIntyre, Colorado
10. Willie Taggart, Oregon
11. Jim Mora Jr., UCLA
12. Gary Andersen, Oregon State
Pac-12 Bowl Ties & Projections
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The Pac-12 has six automatic bowl ties, but the normal Rose Bowl spot isn’t there this season – at least the automatic one – considering the game is a College Football Playoff semifinal.
College Football Playoff: Rose Bowl
Washington vs. Ohio State
1. Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. USC
2. National University Holiday Bowl
Michigan State vs. Stanford
3. Foster Farms Bowl
Minnesota vs. Washington State
4. Hyundai Sun Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. UCLA
5. Las Vegas Bowl
San Diego State vs. Utah
6. Cactus Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Arizona