Pac-12 Football Position Rankings: The Trenches

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Nov 17, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive line prior to the snap against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rankings: Quarterback, running back, wide receivers/tight ends.

1. Stanford Cardinal

If the Cardinal have anything, it’s size. Year after year, Stanford boasts the best offensive line in the conference. That’s no different this season. David Yankey is in the running for the best offensive lineman in the country. Defensively, Stanford isn’t so dominant, but still possesses the talent and potential to be one of the best in the conference.

2. USC Trojans

USC’s attack in the trenches is as balanced as ever. The Trojans are the classic offensive line powerhouse, and there’s not much to worry about this season either. On the defensive line, they return both defensive ends; each of who recorded more than 60 tackles last season.

3. Oregon Ducks

Possibly the most underrated part of Oregon’s dynasty over the past decade has been its offensive line. Beyond the fact that its quarterbacks are supremely athletic, there’s a reason they don’t get sacked often. The Ducks have at least three potential All Pac-12 selections on the offensive line. Defensively, Taylor Hart is a sleeper for Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded eight sacks and more than 30 tackles last season.

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