Pac-12 Football: 10 Best Players from BCS Era

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Pac-12 Football: 10 Best Players from BCS Era
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Arizona State's Terrell Suggs is on this list, but where does he land?

There will be plenty of time to look ahead as the Pac-12 football season approaches, but we're looking back on the BCS era that came to an end with Florida State's victory over Auburn in the championship game last January.

The Pac-12 certainly didn't stand out over the past decade-and-a-half the way the SEC or Big 12 did, but you could put an all-star squad of the league's best since 1997 up against one from any other conference and feel good about it.

But who would make up that team? Or rather, which 10 players were the very best to play in the Pac-12 over the past 16 years?

We could spend several more paragraphs listing disclaimers and trying to ease the minds of fans whose favorite teams have no representation, but that effort would be meaningless. This is one man's opinion based on a combination of stats, awards, overall level of domination against the opponent and finally, what the player meant to a program.

Our one request is that rather than simply naming a player you feel should be on the list, include who should be replaced and why. Also feel free to consider this a halfhearted apology in advance for leaving off your favorite players.

Click ahead to see our list of the 10 best players from the Pac-12 during the BCS era.

 

All stats via sports-reference.com. Current players not included, though we should point out that Marcus Mariota could make an excellent case even after just two years. Because this list is limited to just 10, a number of greats were left off the list, such as: Aaron Rodgers, Troy Polamalu, Sam Baker, David Yankey, Marshawn Lynch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown and many, many more. NFL production does not factor in, which is a major reason for Polamalu's exclusion, though the decision was not an easy one.

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