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Pac-12 Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Jake Browning

Jake Browning

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.

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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