Can Washington lead Pac-12 rebound?

Can Washington lead Pac-12 rebound?
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) runs in front of Southern California safety Chris Hawkins (4) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Love returned to Stanford for his senior season after finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last year. He leads a crop of solid tailbacks in the Pac-12. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Pac-12 is banking on a strong Washington team, some new coaches and a couple of Heisman Trophy contenders to provide the conference a bounce back from a lackluster 2017.

On this week’s edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury news joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Pac-12. Half the coaches in the South Division are new and defending conference champion Southern California is trying to replace quarterback Sam Darnold. A freshman could be the answer for the Trojans.

Washington appears to be the favorite. The Huskies face enormous challenge Week 1 against Auburn, a game that could set the tone for the Pac-12’s season.

Stanford’s Bryce Love and Arizona’s Khalil Tate are spectacular players, but are Heisman voters paying attention?