Commissioner George Kliavkoff attended more than a dozen Pac-12 football games in his first season as chairman of the conference.

He caught every team at least once, visited every campus and even made it to both the Oregon-Ohio State and Washington-Michigan games on September 11th.

This personal scouting, combined with the feedback from coaches and sports directors, has shaped his view of the Pac-12 staff.

“I would have our skill position players compete against anyone across the country,” Kliavkoff told the hotline last week. “But we have a size disadvantage with our offensive and defensive lines. We need to recruit bigger, stronger, and faster kids to scrimmage. ”

The differences in size and talent in the trenches will become apparent to Pac-12 fans tonight when Georgia and Alabama clash for the national championship.

The hotline compared the size and star recruiting of the All-Pac-12 first-team offensive and defensive linemen to the starters for Alabama and Georgia, as listed in each team’s pre-game depth tables.

Fortunately, six defensive linemen have been named first-team All-Pac-12, so the sample size is pretty robust. Six offensive linemen were also selected for the first team.

Average First Team All-Pac-12 Linemen Height: 313.5 pounds Average Alabama Starting Linemen Height: 315.8 pounds Average Georgia Starting Linemen Height: 314 pounds

Average Recruiting Stars for all First Team Pac-12 Linemen: 3.16 Average Recruiting Stars for Alabama’s Starting Linemen: 4 Average Recruiting Stars for Georgia’s Starting Linemen: 4

Number of first-team All-Pac-12 linemen rated 4/5 stars: 1 Number of Alabama starting linemen rated 4/5 stars: 4 Number of Georgia linemen rated 4 / 5 stars were rated: 4

Average First Team All-Pac-12 Linemen Height: 267 pounds Alabama Average Starting Linemen Height: 301.3 pounds Average Georgia Starting Linemen Height: 310 pounds

Average Recruiting Stars for First Team All-Pac-12 Linemen: 3.5 Average Recruiting Stars for Alabama’s Starting Linemen: 4.0 Average Recruiting Stars for Georgia’s Starting Linemen: 4.0

Number of first team All-Pac-12 linemen rated 4/5 stars: 2

Sean Rhyan of UCLA: £ 320, 4 stars Utah’s Nick Ford: £ 317, 3 stars Washington’s Jaxson Kirkland: £ 310, 3 stars, Oregon State’s Nathan Eldridge: £ 297, 3 stars, Oregon’s T.J. Bass: 318 pounds, 3 stars WSU’s Abraham Lucas: 319 pounds, 3 stars

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux: 258 pounds, 5 stars ASUs Tyler Johnson: 280 pounds, 4 stars Utah’s Mika Tafua: 250 pounds, 3 starsOregon’s Brandon Dorlus: 284 pounds, 3 starsUSC’s Tuli Tuipulotu: 290 pounds, 3 starsWSU’s Ron Stone: 240 pounds , 3 stars

LT Evan Neal: 350 pounds, 5 stars, LG Javion Cohen: 305 pounds, 4 stars, C Seth McLaughlin: 295 pounds, 3 stars, RG Emil Ekiyor: 324 pounds, 4 stars, RT: Chris Owens: 305 pounds, 4 stars

DE Phidarian Mathis: 312 pounds, 4 stars NG DJ Dale: 300 pounds, 4 stars DE Byron Young: 292 pounds, 4 stars

LT Jamaree Salyer: 325 pounds, 5 stars, LG Justin Shaffer: 330 pounds, 3 stars, C Sedrick Van Pran: 310 pounds, 4 stars, RG Warren Ericson: 305 pounds, 4 stars, RT Warren McClendon: 300 pounds, 4 stars

DE Travon Walker: 275 pounds, 5 starsNG Jordan Davis: 340 pounds, 3 starsDT Devonte Wyatt: 315 pounds, 4 stars

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