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Pac-12 Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Sam Darnold, USC Trojans Football

Sam Darnold, USC Trojans Football

The 2017 college football season has reached the halfway point in the Pac-12, and it’s time to hand out midseason awards and make a few predictions for the second half of the year. After seven weeks of action, every Pac-12 team has at least one loss. While one-loss teams have made the CFB Playoff, the margin for error for the Pac-12’s contenders the rest of the way is pretty small. Simply, if Washington or USC wants to make the CFB Playoff, they have to run the table the rest of the way and can’t afford another loss. Even though the defeat at Arizona State was a setback, the Huskies still have the necessary pieces to win the Pac-12. However, the loss of standout left tackle Trey Adams is significant. Stanford appears to be the biggest challenger to Washington in the North, but Washington State shouldn’t be overlooked despite a bad performance at California. In the South, USC is a heavy favorite to claim the division title. The Trojans lost at Washington State but scored a key victory against Utah last Saturday. Games against Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA remain in the second half, along with a trip to Notre Dame in Week 8. The Wildcats might be the most intriguing team to watch over the next six weeks of action. Behind quarterback Khalil Tate, Arizona has won two in a row and faces USC, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona State in the second half of 2017. 

Washington Huskies QB Jake Browning

Editors Mitch Light and Steven Lassan and contributor Kyle Kensing offer their up their picks for midseason awards and second-half predictions in the Pac-12. 

Pac-12 Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Bryce Love RB, Stanford

Bryce Love RB, Stanford

Bryce Love RB, Stanford

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Hercules Mata'afa DL, Washington State

Hercules Mata'afa DL, Washington State

Uchenna Nwosu LB, USC

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Tyler Vaughns WR, USC

Stephen Carr RB, USC

Tyler Vaughns WR, USC

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Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Thomas Graham CB, Oregon

Jaelan Phillips DL, UCLA

Thomas Graham CB, Oregon

Coach of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Justin Wilcox California

Mike Leach Washington State

Justin Wilcox California

Coordinator of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Alex Grinch DC, Washington State

Alex Grinch DC, Washington State

Clancy Pendergast DC, USC

Best Coordinator Hire of 2017

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Tim DeRuyter DC, California

Jim Leavitt DC, Oregon

Jim Leavitt DC, Oregon

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Darren Carrington WR, Utah

Darren Carrington WR, Utah

Darren Carrington WR, Utah

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle  Kensing

California

Khalil Tate QB, Arizona

Khalil Tate's History-Making Two-Game Stretch for Arizona

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven  Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

Washington at Stanford

Washington at Stanford

Washington at Stanford

Projected Order of Finish

 

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kyle Kensing

North

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

 

 

 

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