It’s been 13 years since USC and Reggie Bush, along with Matt Leinhart, LenDale White and Pete Carroll won the College Football National Championship.
Since that time, USC has gone through a major NCAA probation and the PAC 12 has been left off the national stage in college football.
Yes Oregon has played for two national titles and Stanford has gone to multiple New Year’s Day Six Bowl games, but the last thirteen years have left the west coast league in the shadows of college football more years than not.
2017 though could be a rebirth year of sorts for the PAC 12, riding Washington’s momentum of a College Football Playoff berth a year ago.
Three of the top ten quarterbacks in the country reside in the West coast league and three of the top 25 coaches do as well.
USC is considered a realistic national championship contender per the Hour Glass recruiting analytics, while UCLA and Stanford have enough talent to be considered inside the College Football Championship bust line.
Washington again has enough talent and a profile to make it back to the College Football Playoff.
Throw in Washington State and Mike Leach, Along with Utah and Oregon and this league is in as good a shape as you’ve seen in a long while.
Don’t expect Colorado to repeat last year’s magical run, as the Buffalos will digress back in the pack to a very marginal team.
USC and Washington will play not once, but twice with the winner heading to the College Football Playoff.