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Ranking the Pac-12 offenses going into 2014

The Ducks once again have the best offense in the conference.

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1. Oregon (Stars: QB Marcus Mariota, C Hroniss Grasu, RB Byron Marshall)

The Ducks have probably had the best offense in the conference every year since Chip Kelly first showed up in Eugene and this year should be no different as the Ducks return arguably the nation's best quarterback, all five of their offensive line starters, a 1000-yard rusher and a running back with unlimited potential in Thomas Tyner.

2. Arizona State (Stars: QB Taylor Kelly, WR Jaelen Strong, T Jamil Douglas)

The Sun Devils have the best QB/RB/WR three-way combo in the conference in Kelly, D.J. Foster and Jaelen Strong, along with an experienced line, led by first-team All-Pac-12 talent Douglas and a talented receiving core.

3. UCLA (Stars: QB Brett Hundley, RB Jordon James, T Malcom Bunche)

Obviously Hundley is the headliner here, but don't sleep on the rest of the Bruins' offense. The running backs have a star in James if he can stay healthy, the line is young but ultra talented and heavily bolstered by the transfer of Bunche and the receiving core is loaded with former big time recruits who are due to break out.

4. Stanford (Stars: T Andrus Peat, WR Ty Montgomery, QB Kevin Hogan)

The Cardinal lost four out of their five starters along the offensive line, but Peat is a Top 5 draft pick-level talent and the young guys filling in might be even more talented than the guys they are replacing. Hogan isn't quite the elite quarterback many thought he was going to be, but he is still solid and the Cardinal have the best group of receivers they have had in a long time, led by Montgomery, who looks to be the best receiver in the conference.

5. USC (Stars: RB Javorious Allen, WR Nelson Agholor, C Max Tuerk)

Much as they have been since sanctions kicked in, the Trojans are super talented in spots but also razor thin when it comes to depth. They are especially loaded at running back, where they have three big, fast players that could be the best in the conference in Allen, Tre Madden and Justin Davis, but also have first-round talents in Agholor and Tuerk. The key here will be if quarterback Cody Kessler can continue to morph into a playmaker.

6. Oregon State (Stars: QB Sean Mannion, C Isaac Seumalo, RB Storm Woods)

The Beavers lose their workhorse in Brandin Cooks and their offensive line struggled to open up running holes in 2013, but Mannion is still a darkhorse Heisman candidate who has what could be the best tight end unit in the nation, led by the conference's best in Connor Hamlett. Even though they struggled to get yards Woods and Terron Ward are solid running backs and Seumalo has All-American potential which could help turn the whole offensive line around.

7. Washington State (Stars: WR Gabe Marks, WR Dom Williams, QB Connor Halliday)

This unit couldn't be more one dimensional, but it is quite a dimension. Senior Halliday is a gunslinger and like any Mike Leach team, the Cougars pass as well as anyone in the country, fueled by a bottomless supply of good receivers headlined by Marks and Williams who both could be first-team All-Pac-12 guys.

8. Washington (Stars: G Dexter Charles, T Micah Hatchie, WR Kasen Williams)

The Huskies lost almost all of their offensive production with Keith Price, Bishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins gone, but they return their entire starting offensive line, including four multiple-year starters. Quarterback and running back are still a major question, but they have talent there, along with receiver where former star Williams is returning from major injury.

9. Arizona (Stars: WR Austin Hill, WR Nate Philips, T Mickey Baucus)

The Wildcats are very similar to the Huskies with major question marks at quarterback and running back, but a former star returning at receiver in Hill, who will be surrounded by young talent and a very experienced offensive line.

10. Utah (Stars: WR Dres Anderson, T Jeremiah Poutasi, QB Travis Wilson)

The Utes have been pretty forgettable on offense since they joined the Pac-12 and there is no reason to think that it will change in 2014, even though they got a huge boost in getting Wilson back from an injury that could have ended his career. They do have an exciting playmaker at receiver though in Anderson, who had 1,000 yards receiving in 2013 as a big play specialist.

11. Cal (Stars: WR Chris Harper, WR Bryce Treggs, QB Jared Goff)

The Bears are basically the Cougars with less experience, depth and scoring ability. Harper and Treggs are outstanding talents and there are some other talents emerging at receiver and running back and the offensive line is inexperienced, but talented and Goff is coming along very quickly.

12. Colorado (Stars: RB Michael Adkins II, G Daniel Munyer, WR Nelson Spruce)

The Buffaloes are coming along on offense, but they still don't quite stack up to the rest of the conference. They have some talent and experience all across the board and the key to taking the next step forward is if sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau can improve off his promising freshman season.