Pac-12 Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the Pac-12 and looks ahead to the second half of 2016.

The halfway point of the 2016 Pac-12 season features a few different faces atop the standings. Washington – a team projected by most to break out this fall – is the Pac-12’s frontrunner through seven weeks and a legitimate playoff contender. The Huskies will be pushed for the North Division title by Washington State, as these two teams will meet on Nov. 25 in Pullman. In the other division (South), a similar theme is unfolding. Utah and Colorado sit atop the division at 3-1 in league play, with USC and UCLA – the preseason favorites – combining for five conference losses.

 

While Colorado’s emergence is one of the year’s biggest surprises, Oregon’s 2-4 record isn’t far behind. The Ducks are a young team, but this is a program that expects to challenge for the North Division title. And at 2-4, Oregon is in danger of missing the postseason and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2004.

 

Here are some award winners, plus second-half predictions from the Pac-12 in 2016: 

 

Pac-12 Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Jake Browning

QB, Washington

Jake Browning

QB, Washington

Davis Webb

QB, California

Luke Falk

QB, Washington

State

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Budda Baker

DB, Washington

Adoree' Jackson

CB, USC

Budda Baker

DB, Washington

Jimmie Gilbert

DL, Colorado

 

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Sam Darnold

QB, USC

Sam Darnold

QB, USC

Sam Darnold

QB, USC

Sam Darnold

QB, USC

 

Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Troy Dye

LB, Oregon

Troy Dye

LB, Oregon

Troy Dye

LB, Oregon

Troy Dye

LB, Oregon

 

Coach of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Chris Petersen

Washington

Chris Petersen

Washington

Mike MacIntyre

Colorado

Chris Petersen

Washington

 

Coordinator of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Pete Kwiatkowski

DC, Washington

Pete Kwiatkowski

DC, Washington

Jim Leavitt

DC, Colorado

Pete Kwiatkowski

DC, Washington

 

Best Coordinator Hire for 2016

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Darrin Chiaverini

Co-OC, Colorado

Jake Spavital

OC, California

Clancy Pendergast

DC, USC

Guy Holliday

WR Coach, Utah

 

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Davis Webb

QB, California

Davis Webb

QB, California

Davis Webb

QB, California

Mitch Wishnowsky

P, Utah

 

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Colorado

Chad Hansen

WR, California

Colorado

Colorado

 
Must-See Game of Second Half 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports

Washington at

Washington State

(Nov. 25)

Washington at

Washington State

(Nov. 25)

Washington at

Utah

(Oct. 29)

Washington at

Utah

(Oct. 29)

 

Projected Order of Finish
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Kyle

Kensing

John

Coon

  @AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @Kensing45 @JohnCoonSports
North        
1
2
3
4
5
6
         
South        
1
2
3
4
5
6
         
Pac-12 Title        
 

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Event Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 23:00

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