Unless you're one of those fans who's always looking ahead to a golden "next year," more often than not it's a good thing to have a lot of senior starters.
There is no substitute for experience. Other, of course, than being remarkably talented.
So which Pac-12 teams will start the most seniors?
First, a qualifier. This is an inexact science. For one, many teams list more than 11 starters on one or both sides of the ball. We've included all position players listed as a No. 1 on the depth chart. Second, starting lineups are still fluid, so some of these guys might not end up as starters.
But this is a best guess.
Arizona State (12): WR Aaron Pflugrad, OG Mike Marcisz, C Garth Gerhart, OT Dan Knapp, WR Gerell Robinson, TE Trevor Kohl, WR Mike Willie, DE Jamaar Jarrett, DT Bo Moos, LB Shelly Lyons, LB Oliver Aaron, SS Eddie Elder.
Reaction: The Sun Devils have 28 seniors, so they are one of the most veteran teams in the country. Those looking ahead should toss junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict in there; it's almost certain the true junior enters the NFL draft after the season.
Colorado (12): WR Tony Clemons, OG Ethan Adkins, OG Ryan Miller, TE Ryan Deehan, QB Tyler Hansen, TB Rodney Stewart, FB Evan Harrington, DE Josh Hartigan, NT Conrad Obi, LB Patrick Mahnke, SS Anthony Perkins, CB Arthur Jaffee
Reaction: A big of a surprise that the Buffs are so veteran. Another reason to wonder if they are being underrated.
Arizona (11): WR Juron Criner, WR Dave Roberts, QB Nick Foles, RB Keola Antolin, WR David Douglas, DE C.J. Parish, DE Mohammed Usman, LB Derek Earls, LB Paul Vassallo, SS Robert Golden, CB Trevin Wade.
Reaction: A very strong crew of seniors 0n both sides of the ball. The offensive line, though, features two redshirt freshman tackles, two juniors and a sophomore.
California (11): WR Marvin Jones, LT Mitchell Schwartz, OG Justin Cheadle, TE Anthony Miller, DE Trevor Guyton, DE Ernest Owusu, LB D.J. Holt, LB Mychal Kendricks, LB Ryan Davis, S D.J. Campbell, S Sean Cattouse.
Reaction: A lot of young guys are nipping at this crew's heels, particularly on defense.
Reaction: So much changes if Rodgers can get to 100 percent in the early going -- his talent and leadership would be a huge boost. Same with Halahuni. A veteran secondary is typically a good thing.
Reaction: The Bruins' younger players stand out more, and some of these guys are battling to hold onto starting jobs.
Reaction: It's not difficult to review the Ducks' roster and -- get this for the nation's No. 3 team -- imagine great things ... in 2012 (yes, we are now proclaiming the Ducks the pre-pre-season favorites).
Reaction: Quarterback Andrew Luck is a junior, though he's already said this will be his final season, so he should count here, too. And you'd suspect that a number of juniors will be testing their NFL prospects, including OT Jonathan Martin, OG David DeCastro and LBs Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov.
Reaction: One of the reasons coach Paul Wulff is hopeful his offensive line will improve is four senior starters. As for the future, most of the key playmakers will be back in 2012.
Utah (7): OT John Cullen, OT Tony Bergstrom, DE Derrick Shelby, DT James Aiono, LB Chaz Walker, LB Matt Martinez, CB Conroy Black.
Reaction: Two senior tackles should help protect the Utes' most important asset: QB Jordan Wynn.
Reaction: This crew has seen a lot for the Huskies -- 0-12 to a Holiday Bowl win against Nebraska. A pretty talented crew here, but the Huskies' strength is in their youth.
Reaction: Hard not to see USC as young this season, with just this small handful of seniors, and a not particularly star-studded one at that. But those dreaming of big things in 2012 should keep in mind that juniors such as QB Matt Barkley, OT Matt Kalil, DE Nick Perry and FS T.J. McDonald, are big-time NFL prospects.