Others considered (Alphabetical): Clemson, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas Tech
#10 – Oregon
Tyrell Crosby is off to the NFL, but a row of upperclassmen will start in his place, including three returning starters on the inside, all of whom could contend for All-Pac 12 honors. Five-star freshman Penei Sewell could earn playing time, but for right now the starters on the outside look to be juniors Brady Aiello and George Moore.
#9 – USC
USC will have a new face at quarterback, but the offensive line is one of the most experienced in the power five. The Trojans return four starters including three seniors in Chris Brown, Toa Lobendahn and Chuma Edoga, the latter two of whom should contend for All-Pac 12 honors.
#8 – Ohio State
Billy Price and Jamarco Jones were high picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Ohio State doesn’t rebuild, they reload. Upperclassmen Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan will shore up the left side of the line, with the only weak spot being at the right tackle position where sophomore Thayer Munford will look to take a big step forward.
#7 – Washington
Senior left tackle Trey Adams will be back after missing time last year due to an ACL tear, the other side of the line will be patrolled by another senior, Kalen McGary, both of whom should contend for All-Pac 12 honors. Four-star sophomore Luke Wattenberg will likely step into the starting role at left guard, and the other two spots are filled by veterans with starting experience.
#6 – Boston College
Boston College halfback AJ Dillon burst onto the scene last year with a ton of help from this offensive line unit that returns all five starters from last year including two seniors at the tackle spots in Chris Lindstrom and Aaron Monteiro, the former being a preseason first-team All-ACC candidate.
#5 – Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield may be off to the NFL, but his successor should be well protected by a Sooner offensive line that brings back three All-Big 12 caliber starters, including maybe the second-best pair of guards in the country behind Wisconsin in seniors Ben Powers and Dru Samia, although Samia may flex out to play right tackle this year.
#4 – Georgia
Isaiah Wynn is gone, but the other four starters from the SEC Championship winning group are back including Lamont Gaillard at center. The Bulldogs will have their choice of five-star to replace Wynn at the right tackle spot between sophomore Isaiah Wilson and freshman Cade Mays, both of whom were the top player in their entire state in their respective classes.
#3 – Alabama
Alabama returns four starters from last year’s group that was already one of the best in the country. Left tackle Jonah Williams will lead the group, Williams earned All-American honors as a sophomore and has caught the eyes of many NFL scouts. Ross Pierschbacher slides over from guard to center to fill the hole left by the departing Bradley Bozeman.
#2 – Stanford
Another group of unsung heroes comes from the Pac-12 this time as we give some credit to the Stanford offensive line group. NFL scouts would tell you that without this group, there is no way Bryce Love could be putting up the stats he does at Stanford. Leading the charge for 2018 will be junior guard Nate Herbig who will certainly contend for All-American honors.
#1 – Wisconsin
As I mentioned in my running back unit breakdown, Wisconsin consistently produces top-flight national stars at the running back spot, and that is because of one of most consistent offensive lines in the country. The Badgers return four starters (all of whom are preseason All-Big Ten) that helped pave the way for Jonathan Taylor’s near 2,000 yard output last year.