This offseason might have taken an older generation of Pac-12 football fan back. Not since around the turn of the millennium has Washington football been welcomed into a new campaign with the kind of hype awaiting the Huskies in 2016.
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.
The Pac-12 is known for its high-scoring offenses and dynamic skill players, and with the likes of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning, this league is going to have its share of fireworks on offense once again.
Utah made major strides in the Pac-12 each of the past two seasons. The Utes reached a new pinnacle last fall, putting together a 10-win season for the first time since 2010 and tying for the Pac-12 South Division title.