Pac 12 North Record 10-2 - Rank: BCS #12 - Projected record - 10-2 - This team played as expected. A couple trip up games but played in the CC game against a Utah team they beat earlier in the season and lost. The real question is where they end up come Bowl week, maybe they can sneak into an at large bid? Looking at Oregon State's recruiting class, I can see where the emphasis is at this seasons - the trenches. They've added two top 20 guards, 6 offensive lineman in total while adding another two defensive lineman. Its not a flashy class but in what many consider to be a sparse recruiting pool anyway, its certainly a good step for the Oregon State program. Long term prospects? OSU is in fantastic shape. They have about 13 seniors leaving but by my count have 16 true freshman rated 74 or better. Once those youngsters start to hit the front lines, watch out for Oregon State. Record: 8-4 - Rank: BCS #20 - Projected record 8-4 - 2 for 2 on projections so far. Lets see who they get in the bowl game - without a chance at a BCS bowl it may not be all that compelling - Penn State and Auburn are right around the same rank in the polls and would be the most interesting. Winning the bowl game would make their season a success IMO, 9-4 sounds a lot better than 8-5. Long term prospects? Record: 7-5 - Unranked - Projected record 7-6 - I'll call this a win because for some reason I added a game for them. They played as expected but you have to tip your cap to Timpe who after a rough start, rattled off 5 straight wins including games over Colorado, USC and Oregon. Stanford kind of beat who they weren't supposed to at times and lost games they were supposed to win. Can they grab a bowl game? We'll see - they should be bowl eligible. Looking at Stanford's recruiting class I see almost nothing to get excited about - a lot like many of the recruiting classes this season. I see raw players, I see role players - I don't see any standouts. HB Marques Hood appears to be the lone bright spot with an opportunity to contribute early in his career. Stanford needs to build some pipelines because it is ultra competitive out in California. Pac 12 South Record: 8-4 - Rank: Unranked - Projected record 10-2 - Actual record 8-4 - This team tripped up in the tough PAC12 schedule and now they need to regroup in order to keep pace with the surging Utes. Like Cal I think the success of their season largely hinges on who they draw in the Bowls and if they win. WR Joe Jenkins headline ASU's recruiting class thus far and though he is undersized it doesn't appear to be an issue with coach Stringer. "We are bringing in Joe and we expect him to contribute early on whether it be as a Freshman or Sophomore, at WR or on special teams. We'll find a way to get him involved." Coupled with top OT recruit Marquis Walker, ASU is starting to put together a nice class. A name to remember - Juco Sophomore DE Kurt Flanagan. DE's are ultra productive at ASU and we expect no different from Flanagan. Record: 10-2 - Rank: BCS #11 - Projected record 8-4 - I did say in my projection that if anything this team would surprise and sure enough they did. They ended up winning the south and beat a good Oregon State team in the CC game that they lost to earlier in the season. Lets see who they'll play in the Rose Bowl but this season was huge for the Utes. For recruiting - there's been nothing flashy about the Utes recruiting class. A few role players here or there save for the exceptionally speedy WR Nick Crooks - a good steal from the state of Illinois - and DE David King. Any team that puts speed at WR, I like - it opens up offenses because defenses have to key on stopping a legitimate deep threat. Crooks may not be ready next season but give him a season or two and he'll be averaging 25+ypc in the PAC12 and that you cannot undervalue. Maybe more importantly, the Utes appear to have built a pipeline in Texas. Long term prospects? Two thumbs up. With a successful season under their belt, we should start to see the Utes really begin to gain traction in the PAC12. Arizona State needs to get moving in order to keep pace, otherwise we may see this division controlled by Utah for quite some time. Record: 2-10 - Rank: Unranked - Projected record 6-6 - Ouch. Colorado to CUSA? This team got beat up all year but to their credit they lost some tight games that make things seem worse than they are. Make no mistake about it - this is a big time rebuilding project - but to say that this team played where it was expected to is an oversight. They underachieved. Maybe those harsh words will motivate them. Long term prospects? B1G Leaders Record: 11-1 Rank: BCS #1 - Projection Unavailable - Actual record - 11-1 - The success of this team lies with the CC game against Iowa - a team they dismantled a few short weeks ago when the Hawkeyes were without their coach. I expect nothing short of a dogfight - the team that makes the most plays wins. With a CC under their belt, they will head to a second straight National Championship. If they lose - nothing they do in the bowls will make the season a success. Long term prospects are not good for the Buckeyes. They are losing 15 seniors, 10 of which are starters including the starting QB and likely even more talent will leave early. The Buckeyes were primed for a run this season, not next. Recruiting wise, nothing outside of MLB Adam Bryant is particularly impressive, certainly not up to the caliber of the Buckeyes last recruiting class. QB Jeremy Johnson will be expected to play at some point and the Buckeyes have failed to fill their number 1 need this offseason - RB. I think its safe to assume that Illinois will be ready for payback next season and the Buckeyes may not have enough firepower to do anything about it. Record: 11-1 Rank: BCS #4 - Projected record - 10-2 - Their only loss was against the current #1 team in the nation - I'd say this season has been a huge success for the Illini. Listen to this scenario - Ohio State loses to Iowa in the B1G championship - Florida loses in the SEC Championship - Either Iowa or Illinois would be primed for a NC birth against Notre Dame, assuming the Buckeyes would fall below them (and I think they would.) Long term prospects? Record: 2-10 - Rank: Unranked - Projected record - 6-6 - Maybe we should send Indiana to the MAC and bring up Buffalo? This team was not ready for B1G league play - waiting until week 8 to notch their first win. I expect this team to really turn things around, especially after reading this column but much like Colorado, this team underachieved - regardless of the low expectations. Long term prospects? B1G Legends Record: 2-10 - Rank: Unranked - Projected Record - 6-6 - I don't know if I can find anything nice to say about such a terrible team. I can't even speak their name - they are just putrid. Between the team talent being down and a coach that has had to take various times away from the team due to unforeseen circumstances, I don't know if there is an answer. This team is in big trouble - big time. I hear they are already putting out the feelers to see which coaches may be available. I hear Jerry Sandusky is. Long term prospects? Record: 11-1 - Rank: BCS #5 - Projected Record - 10-2 - Their only loss came against the #1 team in the country as well - the good news is they will get a rematch in the CC game. Should they win, they have an outside shot at a National Championship birth. A loss knocks them down a peg but they may still play in a BCS Bowl. Overall, a largely successful season as Michigan has clearly bowed out as a legitimate B1G team, leaving Iowa as a likely benefactor. Long term prospects? Record: 6-6 - Rank: Unranked - Projected Record -6-6 - Another win in the projection column, not bad. I think this team has largely surprised, despite living up to my expectations which I believe may have been higher than others. I'm not sure whether or not they're bowl eligible, but they're on the cusp. I like the direction this team is headed, regardless of who they've brought in talent wise. Long term prospects?