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What if Pac-12 College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman

Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason or just after the year ended? The idea isn’t likely to come to fruition, but it is an interesting concept to ponder.

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How would a potential North vs. South All-Star Game this break down for the Pac-12 in 2016? Athlon Sports’ Lance Dozier drafted a team for the North side, while Steven Lassan drafted a team comprised of the best players from the South.

Which team has the advantage? 

Pac-12 North All-Stars 

Offense

QB Luke Falk, Washington State

RB Royce Freeman, Oregon

RB Myles Gaskin, Washington

WR Gabe Marks, Washington State

WR Darren Carrington, Oregon

TE Dalton Schultz, Stanford

C Riley Sorenson, Washington State

OL Tyrell Cosby, Oregon

OL Trey Adams, Washington

OL Johnny Caspers, Stanford

OL Cameron Hunt, Oregon

AP Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Defense

DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford

DL Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State

DL Elijah Qualls, Washington

DL Henry Mondeaux, Oregon

LB Azeem Victor, Washington

LB Peter Kalambayi, Stanford

LB Peyton Pelluer, Washington State

CB Sidney Jones, Washington

CB Marcellus Pippins, Washington State

S Budda Baker, Washington

S Shalom Luani, Washington State

Special Teams

K Aidan Schneider, Oregon

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P Nick Porebski, Oregon State

RS Dante Pettis, Washington

North Team Analysis: With Luke Falk at the helm, you could say this offense would be electric. Handing off to the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Royce Freeman and Myles Gaskin, and tossing it to playmakers on the outside, this would be a very fun offense to watch from a fan perspective. Up front, there are quite a few that made our preseason all-conference teams, so the front five should be an athletic group.

The defensive line doesn’t have a player that has that wow factor, but this is a solid overall group. All three linebackers are all-conference caliber and the secondary can bring the wood with the four of them racking up 227 stops, respectively. Special teams are excellent with both guys kicking the ball hailing from the state of Oregon. - Lance Dozier

Pac-12 South All-Stars

Offense

QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

RB Ronald Jones, USC

RB Demario Richard, Arizona State

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC

WR Tim White, Arizona State

AP Kalen Ballage, Arizona State

TE Kody Kohl, Arizona State

C Toa Lobendahn, USC

OL Zach Banner, USC

OL J.J. Dielman, Utah

OL Conor McDermott, UCLA

OL Chad Wheeler, USC

Defense

DL Lowell Lotulelei, Utah

DL Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA

DL Kylie Fitts, Utah
DL JoJo Wicker, Arizona State
LB Cameron Smith, USC

LB Salamo Fiso, Arizona State

LB Christian Sam, Arizona State

CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC

CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado

S Marcus Williams, Utah

S Randall Goforth, UCLA

Special Teams

K Andy Phillips, Utah

P Matt Haack, Arizona State

RS Tim White, Arizona State

South Team Analysis: The South All-Star team features a balanced, pro-style attack on offense. Quarterback Josh Rosen is only a sophomore, but he’s already one of the nation’s top signal-callers. Rosen will have plenty of help in his supporting cast, as running back Ronald Jones and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster are two of the Pac-12’s top skill players and provide plenty of big-play ability. A solid offensive line is led by Athlon Sports’ first-team All-America tackle Zach Banner. The strength in the trenches continues on defense. Lowell Lotulelei plugs the interior, while Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts are playmakers off the edges. Lockdown corner Adoree’ Jackson is the headliner in the secondary, but Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie is one of the nation’s most underrated players. Utah kicker Andy Phillips is reliable as they come in the field goal department, while Arizona State’s Tim White is a dynamic option on returns. – Steven Lassan