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December 15, 2008 at 12:35 PM

How’d we do?

New UW coach Steve Sarkisian is scheduled to meet with the media tomorrow afternoon when he will likely make official a number of coaching moves. If more news breaks on that front between now and then, we’ll pass it along.
In the meantime, I thought I would look at how the Pac-10 media did this year predicting the conference, comparing the pre-season poll with the actual final results.
Here’s the pre-season poll:
1, USC (38 first-place votes), 389 total points
2, Arizona State, 330
3, Oregon, 295
4, Cal (1), 274
5, UCLA, 204
6, Oregon State, 192
7, Arizona, 185
8, Washintgton, 139
9, Stanford, 76
10, Washington State, 61
Here’s how the standings ended up:
1, USC 8-1,
2, Oregon 7-2
2 (tie) Oregon State 7-2
4, Cal 6-3
5, Arizona 5-4
6, Arizona State 4-5
(tie) Stanford 4-5
8, UCLA 3-6
9, Washington State 1-8
10, Washington 0-9
Obviously, the biggest misses were on Arizona State and Oregon State, which essentially swapped spots — ASU picked second and finishing sixth and OSU picked sixth and finishing in a tie for second (the Ducks getting the tiebreaker due to the head-to-head win).
ASU was undone by an offensive line that went into the season regarded as question mark and turned out to be even more than that, the Sun Devils having one of the worst offenses of any team ever coached by Dennis Erickson.
OSU, meanwhile, was better able to replace a lot of lost starters on defense and got a much greater contribution from RB Jacquizz Rodgers than most people imagined.
We media also thought UCLA would be a little better than the Bruins turned out, and Stanford a little worse. UCLA had mammoth injury issues that didn’t help its cause.
But the overwhelming vote for USC at the top was reinforced with the way the Trojans played at the end of the year to win at least a share of the title for the seventh straight season.
And the lack of relative faith in the home-state Huskies and Cougars also turned into a sad reality.

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