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Pacific Takes Spring Top 25 - Oregon and UCLA in Top 10

The Bruins move up in our spring rankings.

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Spring is starting to wrap up and with the NFL early declaration long over and most programs having made significant progress in their spring practice sessions, though it would be a good time to update our preseason Top 25. We will be putting together our reader-ranked Pac-12 Power Rankings once every Pac-12 team has finished their spring sessions and putting together a final preseason Top 25 in August.

1. Florida State

No poll out there won't have the Seminoles up top going into the season. Led by Jameis Winston, the Seminoles will almost assuredly be the nation's top team until they lose a game in 2014.

2. Auburn

The Tigers lose a lot of stars, but getting quarterback Nick Marshall back for another year along with a ton of solid starters, this team deserves to stay in their runner up slot until they lose a game.

3. Alabama

As long as Nick Saban stays in Tuscaloosa, it is going to be almost impossible to keep the Crimson Tide out of the preseason Top 5 every year and it is deserved. This is far from the most-stacked team that Saban has brought into a season recently, but they still have more talent than just about anyone in the country.

4. Oregon

The Ducks return almost every one of their offensive starters from 2013, most importantly quarterback Marcus Mariota who might have the best chance of anyone to take the Heisman away from Winston. In addition to Mariota, the Ducks also might have the nation's best center in Hroniss Grasu and cornerback in Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

5. Michigan State

The Spartans are becoming one of the nation's toughest programs year in and year out under Mark Dantonio and should have one of the country's best defenses again. Senior running back Jeremy Langford could also be the nation's best running back and junior quarterback Connor Cook really came on towards the end of the season.

6. Oklahoma

The Sooners bring a ton of momentum into 2014 by finishing their season by beating Oklahoma State and Alabama impressively in their final two games. If they can have a quarterback consistently step up, they could have their best season in a long time.

7. Ohio State

The Buckeyes return almost every starter on their defense and get Braxton Miller back for one more season. Don't forget that they have Urban Meyer at the helm and lost two games by a total of 15 points last season.

8. Baylor

The Bears have become the Oregon of the Big 12 where their offensive system is so devastating that they will be very tough to beat year-after-year. Also, senior quarterback Bryce Petty is another numbers machine that will be heavily considered in the Heisman race.


College football is becoming more and more all about having a star quarterback and the Bruins definitely have one in junior Brett Hundley who likely would have been a first round pick had he declared. Hundley might get all of the attention, but the Bruins also have a young, ultra-talented defense, including a front that should be the best in the Pac-12.

10. Georgia

The Bulldogs had to replace almost their entire defense in 2013 and it will pay dividends in 2014 as their defense is now loaded with returning starters and young talent. The Bulldogs also have some ammo on offense where Todd Gurley returns on the verge of a 1,000-yard season.

11. South Carolina

The Gamecocks may lose their stars, but they return almost every other supporting character from 2013 and have proven that they can consistently reload under Steve Spurrier. They won't be devoid of stars though as running back Mike Davis is coming off of a 1,100-yard season and tackle Corey Robinson could be an All-American.

12. LSU

The Tigers should always have the talent to be in the preseason Top 15, but they will be light on stars going into 2014.This should be far from their best team, but they have more talent than just about every other team in the country.

13. Stanford

The Cardinal have a fantastic scheme, a great coach and a lot of talent, but they might have lost more talent than any other big time school going into 2014. They could be a Top 10 team if their young talent steps up, but they could drift out of the Top 25 if they don't.

14. Notre Dame

Like a lot of programs on here, the Irish lose a lot of stars from 2013, but have a fantastic overall base of returning talent and experience. They also are starting to show the ability to consistently maintain top-level success under Brian Kelly.

15. Wisconsin

The Badgers have some serious rebuilding to do on their defense, but quarterback Joel Stave and running back Melvin Gordon should form a devastating backfield.

16. Clemson

The Tigers are consistently better than expected and though they lose a lot of playmakers on offense, they have a healthy amount of experience coming back on defense.

17. Texas A&M

The Aggies lose a lot of well-known talent, but they have the scheme and coaching to keep them up amongst the best teams in the country and return a ton of experience on defense.

18. USC

The Trojans will have one of the best running back stables in the nation and, as they always are, well-stocked with talent across the board. Steve Sarkisian could have the Trojans competing for the Pac-12 South title right away if the transition goes well.

19. Texas

The Longhorns are now just expected to underachieve every season, but that could change under Charlie Strong and they have the talent and experience to make it happen.

20. Washington

The Huskies should be as healthy up front as they have been in more than a decade, with every single one of their line starters returning. If Chris Peterson can find replacements for Keith Price at quarterback and Bishop Sankey at running back, the Huskies could be a sleeper to win the Pac-12.

21. North Carolina

Here is another one that loses stars but returns a wealth of young talent and experience at a number of key positions that could make them a solid overall team.

22. Mississippi

Perpetually underrated, the Rebels have a great scheme and do a good job of hanging around the mid to upper region of the SEC without the talent of the Alabamas and the LSUs.

23. UCF

Blake Bortles is gone, but a lot of experience is back for the Knights.

24. Missouri

The Tigers were one of 2013's biggest surprises. They shouldn't be competing for a national title again, but they have the pieces and base to once again be a solid SEC team.

25. Iowa

The Hawkeyes have floundered recently, but look strong going into this season and return a wealth of talent and experience.

On the edge

Florida, BYU, Michigan, Louisville, Arizona State