The Pac-12 has one Heisman Trophy favorite in Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, another legitimate contender in Oregon's Royce Freeman and maybe the most talented quarterback in the country west of Deshaun Watson in UCLA's Josh Rosen.
There is star power out West worth staying up late to watch.
Looking past the obvious studs, here are six players who could have a major impact on the conference title race and the Pac-12's chances to reach the College Football Playoff after missing out last season.
Ishmael Adams, WR, UCLA
Max Browne, QB, USC
Evan Goodman, OT, Arizona State
If he can finish his career by reaching that four-star ceiling, it would help stabilize an offense also breaking in a new quarterback.
Canton Kaumatule, DT, Oregon
The Ducks' defense was bad last season (98th in the nation in yards per play allowed at 6.03) with one of the best defensive players in the country: defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. DeFo is gone. Oregon is hoping some scheme tweaks (from 3-4 to 4-3) by new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke provide at least a partial fix. A near-total rebuild in the front seven would go a lot smoother if the 6-7, 295-pound Kaumatule, a four-star recruit who didn't contribute much as a freshman last year, can lock down a defensive tackle spot.
John Ross III, WR, Washington
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Six more pivotal players: Cody Ippolito, LB, Arizona; Gabe Marks, WR, Washington State; Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah; Seth Collins, WR, Oregon State; Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California; Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado.
This article was written by Ralph D. Russo from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.