HOW THEY'LL FINISH
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Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter
USC running back Stafon Johnson
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Top performers from unranked teams in the conference
LB, Sr., Cal
The Bears' switch to a 3--4 base defense will turn him into a speed rusher off the edge, the perfect spot for the 6'1" 238-pounder's big-play instincts.
WR, Sr., Washington St.
Clearly the Cougars' best offensive weapon, Gibson was the only wideout in the conference to average more than 100 yards receiving per game.
QB, Soph., Washington
Equally dangerous as a passer or runner, Locker is the top returning rusher in the conference (986 yards). He's big (6'3", 225) and fast.
S, Jr., Stanford
He's a tackling machine, but the Cardinal is hoping an improved run defense will keep him from having to make as many touchdown savers as he did last season.
QB, Sr., Arizona
He broke school records with 28 TDs and 3,683 passing yards in his first season in the spread—and could break them again with his top four receivers back.