1. Washington – Will the Huskies repeat as Pac-12 Champions?
The 2016 Pac-12 Champions and one of the representatives in the College Football Playoff, the Washington Huskies are ready to maintain their dominance. Chris Petersen has done a masterful job building something in Seattle.
However, they are going to face plenty of competition with USC looking to take back the Pac-12. That means Jake Browning is going to have to improve at the quarterback position and put the team on his back.
It’s going to be an adjustment period on the defensive side of the ball, as the Huskies have lost several key players to the NFL Draft. Petersen has done a good job of restocking the talent and Taylor Rapp has all the tools necessary to be the next great Washington defensive back.
Still, they’re going to be tested by USC, Stanford and there’s always a surprise team. For the Huskies to get back in, it’s going to take the offense not skipping a beat with new weapons surrounding Browning and the defense remaining great.
Last year’s secondary was one of the best we have seen a college football program field and it’s going to be hard to replicate their success. They’ll be one of the favorites heading into the season but they will be put to the test right away.