The Pac-12 enters a new era this season as they transition from 10 teams to 12 with the additions of Colorado and Utah. While neither of these programs have been powerhouses in the sport at the Division I level in recent years, they are both competitive teams who will eventually strengthen the conference, even if it's not this season.
The conference looks to be a bit weaker than usual as we enter the season, but there is potential for big seasons from the California Golden Bears, Washington Huskies and even the young Arizona Wildcats.
The conference is littered with elite talent, as well as many professional prospects. Here are the preseason selections for the 2011-2012 Pac-12 First and Second Teams, as well as the Pac-12 Player of the Year.