The pressure is firmly on redshirt senior quarterback Kevin Hogan to take the next step. Fortunately, Hogan has another solid offensive line and talented pass-catchers to help, all of whom will draw plenty of scouts to Palo Alto.
With fewer conference wins (two) than NFL Draft picks (three) since 2012, acclimating to the Pac-12 has been difficult for the Buffaloes. There is reason for optimism in Boulder, however, given the chemistry developing between junior quarterback Sefo Liufau and record-setting senior wideout Nelson Spruce.
A growing nucleus of talent in Tempe could have NFL scouts warming up to the Sun Devils. This year's senior crop of prospects to watch is highlighted by flashy running back turned wide receiver D.J. Foster.
Star inside linebacker Scooby Wright III posted eye-popping numbers (163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and six forced fumbles) as a true sophomore but that doesn't mean he'll be highly regarded in NFL circles.
Despite losing first round running back and Heisman runner-up Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin's offense is in good hands with junior running back Corey Clement ready to make a name for himself as a player and NFL prospect.