Here are your seedings.
1. David Shaw, Stanford. When you’re the two-time defending Pac-12 champion, you kind of earn the one seed by default. But there’s no doubt Shaw has proven that he’s a heck of a football coach. Now he has the Cardinal poised for bigger competition.
2. Jim Mora, UCLA: Mora had a slight down year due to a difficult schedule and some turn over at key positions, but the Bruins have wrecked the recruiting trail and are poised for a huge 2014 campaign. Mora and UCLA could be poised for some big years ahead in the Pac-12 South.
3. Todd Graham, ASU: Graham has proven he can coach. He took Dennis Erickson’s underachieving Sun Devils and made them Pac-12 South champions in two years. Arizona State has been unbeatable at home and just a tough out on any given weekend.
4. Mark Helfrich, Oregon: The Ducks had a solid first year under Helfrich, but there are big question marks as to whether the former offensive coordinator can fit into Chip Kelly’s (admittedly) big shoes. A lot has to be decided here.
5. Chris Petersen, Washington: Now, Petersen hasn’t coached yet in the Pac-12, so it’s hard to say how exactly he’ll do, but he is definitely coming in with a loaded resume. He made two BCS bowls in Boise State and went 92-12. If that isn’t a victory, I don’t know what is.
6. Steve Sarkisian, USC: Sarkisian did all he could at Washington and resurrected a Husky program that was dead in the water. Now he gets to come back to Los Angeles to try and prove that he can coach up the best talent in the nation and bring the Trojans back to national prominence.
7. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: The Wildcats are starting to sense their massive offensive potential under Rich-Rod. The Wildcats have authored some huge scoring performances and you have to imagine that more are coming down the line.
8. Mike Riley, Oregon State: Riley has the Beavers back to winning on a regular basis, although they did fall a step behind their excellent 2012 campaign. Riley has become a staple in Corvallis and has proven that his teams can compete with the best of the Pac-12 on any given Saturday.
9. Mike Leach, Washington State: The Cougars seem to be headed to a good place after years of turmoil. A functioning Leach always seems to guarantee that his teams will be winners, and WSU looked ready to turn things around after years of turmoil.
10. Kyle Whittingham, Utah: At his best, Whittingham did impressive things in the MWC, but the jury is out as to whether he can replicate that success in the Pac-12. His defenses at Utah have been strong, his offenses middling.
11. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: MacIntyre seemed to bring the Buffs back a little bit with a few modest victories out-of-conference, but he has a long rebuilding process ahead of him in Boulder before a verdict can be rendered.
12. Sonny Dykes, Cal: Dykes obviously has had some decent success at Louisiana Tech, but his first season at Cal was a disaster. He has a lot to prove.
Interestingly, the rankings worked out so that one side of the bracket is all North coaches and the other side of the bracket is all South coaches. You can view the bracket here and below.
Here's the North side of the bracket:
Here's the South side of the bracket:
BYES: 1 through 4 seeds
First round matchups do feature a few doozies.
(5) Chris Petersen vs. (12) Sonny Dykes
(6) Steve Sarkisian vs. (11) Mike MacIntyre
(7) Rich Rodriguez vs. (10) Kyle Whittingham
(8) Mike Riley vs. (9) Mike Leach
The individual posts will start popping up tomorrow for you to vote on! Look for the announcements.
Below is your tentative schedule.
Friday, April 4th: #5 Chris Petersen vs. #12 Sonny Dykes (voting closes end of April 7th)
Saturday, April 5th: #6 Steve Sarkisian vs. #11 Mike MacIntyre (voting closes end of April 8th)
Sunday, April 6th: #7 Rich Rodriguez vs. #10 Kyle Whittingham (voting closes end of April 9th)
Monday, April 7th: #8 Mike Riley vs. #9 Mike Leach (voting closes end of April 10th)
Wednesday, April 9th: #4 Mark Helfrich vs. #5/12 winner (voting closes end of April 12th)
Thursday, April 10th: #3 Todd Graham vs. #6/11 winner (voting closes end of April 13th)
Friday, April 11th: #2 Jim Mora vs. #7/10 winner (voting closes end of April 14th)
Saturday, April 12th: #1 David Shaw vs. #8/9 winner (voting closes end of April 15th)
Tuesday, April 15th: South bracket championship (voting closes end of April 18th)
Wednesday, April 16th: North bracket championship (voting closes end of April 19th)
Third place: Tuesday, April 22nd (Voting closes end of April 25th)
Championship: Wednesday, April 23rd (Voting closes end of April 26th)