Which Pac-12 teams overachieve? Which underachieve? Here’s what the numbers say

We look at the total number of wins and players on active NFL rosters over the last decade for each Pac-12 program.

Arizona

Win total: 68
Active players: 9
Wins per active player: 7.55

Couple thoughts: Arizona typically plays one of the weakest nonconference schedules. Subtract one win every two years in a scenario that has the Wildcats playing an A-level game annually, and the WPAP would drop to 7. At the same time, given recruiting challenges with location, facilities and in-state talent, eight wins constitutes an undeniably successful season — and the Wildcats have done that five times in the 10 years.

Washington State

Win total: 43
Active players: 7
Wins per active player: 6.14

Similar to Arizona in nonconference scheduling and, to an even greater extent, recruiting challenges. For half the applicable timeframe, the Cougars were a conference bottom feeder. But the recent uptick under Mike Leach — essentially, the past four seasons — has produced 26 wins with limited NFL talent.

Arizona State

Win total: 70
Active players: 12
Wins per active player: 5.83

The timeframe includes three 10-win seasons with a limited annual churn of NFL talent, two of those season coming under Todd Graham with Dennis Erickson’s recruits. My question: Shouldn’t ASU, if both recruiting and teaching are done properly, be producing more NFL players?

Oregon

Win total: 102
Active players: 22
Wins per active player: 4.63

For the most part, the Ducks have scheduled well, recruited well and coached well. They have the money and the facilities, of course. But they also have to fly in the majority of their recruits: Approximately 75 percent of the 2017 roster is from beyond the Pacific Northwest. Success is closely tied to establishing an identity that meshes with the recruiting pool and sticking with that ID. The Ducks did that very well for a long time.

Washington

Win total: 66
Active players: 19
Wins per active player: 3.47

Half of the timeframe covered featured seven- or eight-win seasons, although it might not seem that way to UW fans. I’d argue the Huskies should produce more NFL players going forward than any program not based in Los Angeles given the facilities, tradition, established pipelines to other metro areas … and the frequency with which that talent is maximized by Chris Petersen and his staff.

Colorado

Win total: 43
Active players: 13
Wins per active player: 3.30

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