It’s college football season again and the Pac-10 is expected to do what it does best: OFFENSE! That being said, there are MANY question marks around the league. Much of the uncertainty is due to the unstable QB situations.
Oregon’s Jeremiah Masoli is expected to be the wind beneath the Ducks’ wings this year as one of the very few QB’s in the league to return from last season. It is ALMOST safe to safe that it doesn’t really matter who starts for the USC Trojans. Their office is known to get things going quickly.
Arizona State has very little experience atop their QB list with one senior and a hand full of Freshman.
OSU’s Senior QB Lyle Moevao returns after a reasonably good year with the assistance of the Rodger brothers. He return of Kevin Riley ought to be good for the Cal Bears. UCLA’s Kevin Crafted a few good games and returns for the Bruins. Still, the future is no clear! Here is how I rank the top Pac-10 Offenses:
USC: The Trojans will return nine starters to their offense with exception to the might Mark Sanchez… leaving some questions as to how the office will perform against some tough defenses throughout the season.
Competition between freshman Matt Barkley and sophomore Aaron Corp is tense even though Corp is having some leg issues.
The offensive line isn’t looking too shabby but it’s just too close to call! Look out for RB Joe McKnight and WR Damian Williams. I could be wrong but with a questionable QB situation, not going to be able to put them atop the list!
Oregon: Oregon returns five starts including QB Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli does well with Coach Kelly’s spread offense. That being said, Masoli needs somebody to throw to! He needs somebody he can trust to run the ball…Not much depth for the ducks.
Last season, they were second among rushing offenses averaging 280.1 yards per game. They had weapons. One of those weapons returns. LeGarrette Blount rushed for over 1000 yards last season…but he and Masoli had a better O Line…not quite sure what they have now! Time will tell!
Cal: Cal returns seven offensive starters including QB Kevin Riley (if he starts) and the man that may very well carry the office, Jahvid Best. Best is unstoppable…which should mean that every team in their mama will be stacking the box…Pressuring Riley or whoever QBs.
If Riley doesn’t start…that means someone less experienced will have to find a way to get the ball to Best. The Offensive line is looking healthy so Tedford ought to be able to work out the kinks by mid October. Good luck!
The Beavers will return six offensive starters which will be good for them although their QB situation is up in the air. Last season’s pass-leader Moevao is coming off of some surgery issues which make him questionable.
Should he come back full force, they still have some O line issues up from to work out with three of those starters graduated.
If they can find a way to protect the QB so he can get the ball off to James Rogers, this could be good stuff for them! Keep in mind that the Beavers play tough and their offense fights back. Last season, they won a bunch of close games and don’t mind being that fourth quarter team!
The Beavers are a question mark that you might be able to bank on come October.