Pac-12 Team Season Grades: North
2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West
Pac-12 Season Grade: C
Oregon was terrific, and … Oregon was terrific. Only six teams finished with winning seasons, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona all had rough years, and once again, the conference missed out on getting a team into the College Football Playoff. Oregon and Utah were the only two teams to make the final top 25 rankings in both polls, and they were the only two to come up with more than eight wins.
Cal Season Grade: B
The schedule looked awfully nasty before the season, but the defense was outstanding, there were strong road wins over Washington and Ole Miss, and the win over Stanford always matters. Throw in the dominant Redbox Bowl win over Illinois, and it was a great season that only fell a wee bit short of being special with an injury to QB Chase Garbers in the middle of the campaign.
Oregon Season Grade: A
If ONLY the Ducks could’ve held on late against Auburn and/or been sharper against Arizona State – or if they scheduled a cupcake instead of AU – they would’ve been in the College Football Playoff. However, if you dominate the Pac-12 Championship and figure out how to survive and win the Rose Bowl, you had an amazing season.
Oregon State Season Grade: B-
Jonathan Smith’s second season at the helm might have ended with a disappointment, but the Beavers were far more competitive and came up with a few interesting wins in a 5-5 start. However, they needed just one more win to get to a bowl – losing to Hawaii and a bad Stanford team early forced that – but they dropped their final two games. Even so, it was a big step forward for a team that didn’t have a whole lot of expectations.
Stanford Season Grade: D+
Ugh. The Cardinal had a nasty-physical game against Northwestern to start the season, and never quite recovered. They had a few nice moments with a stunner over Washington on the way to a 4-4 start, and then they dropped the final four games. Injuries were a problem overall, but this was supposed to be a far better season.
Washington Season Grade: B-
It was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding season after winning the Pac-12 title and going to the Rose Bowl in 2018, but there were way too many rocky parts. Losing to a banged up Stanford team was unacceptable, and losing to Colorado wasn’t pretty, but the Huskies rolled Washington State, and destroyed Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Now it’s Jimmy Lake’s team to run.
Washington State Season Grade: C
There was a lot to like coming off an 11-2 season. The offense was a blast, and there was just enough talent coming back on defense to be okay … nope. After a 3-0 start against three mediocre-to-bad teams, there were way too many misfires in a losing campaign. Dropping the Washington game 31-13 and losing by ten to a Group of Five program in a Cheez-It Bowl was a bad way to close out the Mike Leach era.