The Pac-12 is coming off a year in which they had two teams make BCS, bowls and could have had three if USC hadn't been under NCAA sanctions.
Although they did lose a few of their stars to the NFL (Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, etc.) the Pac-12 is looking strong heading into the 2012-13 season.
It was hard to limit this list to only eight because it just as easily could have been 16.
If the list had been 16 players long, about half of them would have come from USC or Oregon, but picking from those two rosters is just too easy.
There will be a lot of good upperclassmen in the Pac-12 this year, but these eight will be truly great.