1 – Oregon
The Ducks have their entire starting offensive line back from last year. It’s also a line that consists of four seniors and a sophomore.
Not only is this the best offensive line in the Pac-12, it’s arguably one of the best lines in the entire country. 247 Sports ranks them as the #2 offensive line in the nation. They were also in Phil Steele’s top three. As tough as it is for a lot of Beavs fans to accept, the Ducks are going to win a lot of battles at the line of scrimmage this season.
2 – Washington
On top of the hype, this is just a group that’s got some good cohesion going after the last few years. Jaxson Kirkland and Luke Wattenberg started every game last season. Henry Bainivalu and Henry Roberts have played a lot. The only question mark is the left tackle spot, which will most likely be played by Jared Hilbers, who spent time last year backing up Kaleb McGary who is now in the NFL.
3 – Washington State
The sky is blue. Water is wet. Washington State throws the ball a lot. So it’s a good thing (for them) that they only gave up 13 sacks last season, which was the lowest total in the Pac-12.
In particular, tackle Abraham Lucas and center Frederick Mauigoa look set to impress once again, evidenced by their inclusion in the All-Pac-12 conversation by outlets like Athlon Sports. Inexperience might be an issue with this line, but it’s hard to argue with their body of work the last few years.
4 – Stanford
Stanford seems to always have quality offensive lines. Last year was a bit of a down year, however. Part of that can be blamed on injury. Part of it was youth.
Led by senior tackle and likely preseason first team all-league pick Walker Little, Stanford should have a bounce back year upfront. At tight end, Colby Parkinson is also massively important to the Cardinal’s success. If everyone is healthy, it’s hard to imagine this group underperforming again.
5 – Arizona State
ASU running back Eno Benjamin led the Pac-12 in rushing yards last season 1642. As talented as Benjamin is, you have to give a lot of the credit for that feat to ASU’s offensive line. They really do a great job of utilizing leverage in their run blocking, which isn’t as common as you’d think in D1.
They also had the second fewest sacks allowed in the league last season with 16. With a lineup that will likely be all seniors, the Sun Devils could have another solid season if everyone stays healthy.
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