Stanford football puts the Pac-12's perfect bowl season on the line in the Foster Farms Bowl agains Maryland Tuesday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.


Oregon football partook in the 59th annual Lawry's Beef Bowl on Sunday in Los Angeles during its trip to the 2015 Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual

After a break for the holidays, Leader of the Pac is back and ready to finish 2014 strong. This week's collection of candidates includes early standouts from bowl season, and hoopers who are setting the tone heading into conference play. Here are this week's nominees for Leader of the Pac:

By Andrew Skaggs, special to
Updated December 27, 2014

Marcus Mariota's arrived at Disneyland with some scruff, but as he explained to Pac-12 Networks, his mom thinks it should go.

Arizona State football's huge kickoff return help seal its win in the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl. 

Kweishi Brown's interception seals the 2014 Hyunday Sun Bowl victory for Arizona State football.

Demario Richard was a star for Arizona State football in its win over Duke in the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl.

This throw to Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong went down as an incomplete pass in the box score since he was out of bounds, but this catch is precisely why the Sun Devil receiver is considered to be a first- or second-round selection in the 2015 NFL draft.


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