With all the uncertainty involving the top 5 WCC teams (USF, Gonzaga, St Marys, Santa Clara, and BYU), I'm not sure anyone could rank their expected outcome in 2012 with any degree of accuracy. I could see any of these five teams winning the WCC - given the right set of circumstances. The writers will always put Gonzaga on top until one of us knocks them off. As far as places 2-5, you could just as easily project their places by flipping a coin. Take BYU, placed 4th in this article, for instance: If Brandon Davies comes back (which is likely), and if Chris Collinsworth recovers well from his knee injury, and if Charles Abouo continues to improve during the offseason, BYU will have a tremendous backcourt. Also, if Freshman Demarcus Harrison comes in and plays well, and one of our many bench guards steps it up and plays well, we might also have a great frontcourt. However, that's an awful lot of 'ifs' that has to happen. I could see BYU finish anywhere between #1 and #5. Coach Rose will do the most with what talent we have, just as Coach Walters will make the most of USF's talent. But to rank them with any degree of accuracy seems impossible to me at this point. We should know a lot more by mid-December.
I really liked the fact the article mentioned the WCC should be more on par with the PAC-12 (and probably better than the MWC).