Time to start tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10. This will be a regular Wednesday feature going forward.
Offensive Player of the Year
1. LaMichael James,RB, Oregon: He leads the nation in rushing (169.6 yards per game) and he's a leading Heisman Trophy candidate.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He leads the conference in passing efficiency and has the most TD passes (16).
3. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona: He's top in the conference in passing yards per game with 305.8 and has posted a pair of clutch, game-winning TD drives.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick is all over the field. He's got 6.5 tackles for a loss and two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles.
2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He leads the Pac-10 with 12 tackles for a loss, which is four more than anyone else. And 11 are solo, which is five more than anyone else. When he's not making tackles in the backfield, he's breaking up passes: His five breakups are tied for ninth in the conference.
3. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12 tackles per game, with 4.5 for a loss. He's also forced two fumbles.
4. Mike Mohamed, LB, California: Fellow linebacker Mychal Kendricks has the best numbers on the Cal defense, and Mohamed's numbers don't shine because he's played in only four games, but -- taking a long view -- Mohamed will be in this race over the season's second half.
Coach of the Year
1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. 'Nuff said.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford earned a top-10 ranking and then bounced back from a tough loss at Oregon by beating USC with a clutch late drive. Harbaugh has transformed a patsy into a team that seems comfortably set in the national rankings.
3. Mike Stoops, Arizona: He's not Tom Landry on the sidelines, but he's built a consistent winner in Tucson that is on the cusp of taking the next step. The win over Iowa was the conference's best showing at midseason.
4. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the wins keep coming, as they often do following a slow start for the Beavers, Riley will climb this list.