2023 Pac 12 All Conference Team: Who is Back/ Who is Lost for 2024?

The deadline for players declaring for the NFL draft is complete. The Portal is closed. Freshmen signing days are over. I have gone thru the roster of every All-Star game and noted all the players that are playing and marked them as gone. I am a little over two months into this year’s magazine which is a 6.5-month process. By the time I finish talking to the coaches post spring I will have every player move captured. The extra Covid year is still the wild card here but not as big a factor as it was the last couple of years. Every player with college eligibility is not necessarily going to return as some will just leave football. Each of my All-conference blogs highlights the players that are coming back, and the players not highlighted are gone. There is a slight chance that I missed on a player or two coming or going. If you look over this list and know that someone I have marked as returning is gone or vice versa, please either tweet at me @philsteele042 or mail Todd@philsteele.com. This is in preparation for the page 28 of the magazine which is the All-Conference points returning and lost. With that said here is the Pac 12 List of my All Conference players from last year and which ones are returning and which ones are gone.

The results have been consistent including a result that goes against the grain but has done so consistently including last year. This metric looks at the All-Conference players returning and lost. I use the following point system: 10 points to 1st Tm All-Conf Player, 7 points to 2nd and 4 points for 3rd. If a player is an All-American, he gets awarded an additional 5. If you look in the blue column, you’ll see the positive number for more players back than lost. In ‘20 the 8 teams with the most negative points (lost the most all-conf players) all 8 had a weaker record. Last year 7 of the top 8 had a weaker record with Louisiana having the same record. There were 21 teams that were -33 or more and of the 21; 17 had a weaker record, 1 had the same and only 3 teams managed to improve. Alabama improved from 11-2 to 12-2 and Oklahoma was coming off a losing season and was in almost every Going Up box in the magazine and improved.

Today I will look at the Pac 12 conference. Many group of five head coaches I talk to say that with the advent of the transfer portal and NIL that they develop players only to have them leave before their senior seasons as they get plucked by Power Five teams.  The Power Five conferences (now Power Four) are more likely to lose players early to the NFL draft so it will be interesting to see how their percentages stack up against the Group of Five.  

Yesterday I did the Mountain West so today I go with the Pac 12 as the two remaining teams (Wash St and Oregon St) have a scheduling agreement with the Mountain West. Not only are players leaving the Pac 12 but teams are as well. Washington, Oregon, USC and UCLA are headed to the Big Ten. Utah, Arizona, Arizona St and Colorado are off to the Big 12. California and Stanford are now in the ACC. That leaves a Pac 2 or Oregon St and Wash St.

The Pac 12 Conference (P12) has just three of the 1st team Offensive players back with three  of the 1st team all-defensive players back. Of the first three teams of the Pac 12 has 33 players are returning. The MAC and American each had 50% of their all-conference players back. CUSA was next with 35 back so the Mountain West  and Pac 12 drop into the next spot with 33 and the SBC is last with just 29 players from the first three teams back. Since the Pac 12 no longer exists their conference numbers are meaningless. In the magazine I will have the conferences broken down by their 2024 conferences.

Here is this year’s list and the players that are highlighted in yellow are the players returning and if they are not highlighted then they are gone.

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