Some of the Pac-12’s preseason all-conference picks were about as obvious as a cold sore.

Caleb Williams? Bucky Irving? Forget no-brainers. They might as well have been etched in stone on the voting sheet.

But a handful of the league’s top players were either bumped down a peg or two or altogether ignored by voters. I guess back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances and consecutive Pac-12 titles don’t mean much these days.

Here’s a look at the biggest snubs among the preseason All-Pac-12 squads, led by the biggest snub of all.

Utah QB Cam Rising

You can’t spell surprising without Rising.

Rising couldn’t even get an honorable mention nod? No, his 3,034 passing yards and 26 touchdowns (with only 8 interceptions) were not the kind of numbers to make voters drool, but winning should count for something.

Pitted against the reigning Heisman winner and the reigning national leader in passing yards per game, it’s not too much of a surprise that Rising was left off the list, as voters favored Bo Nix’s stats over Rising’s leadership, trophies and longevity.

Arizona QB Jayden de Laura

No, his case isn’t quite as compelling as Nix’s, but the former Pac-12 Freshman of the Year had a very good debut season with the Wildcats. Not too many quarterbacks in the country can match his nearly 3,700 yards and 25 passes from a year ago; had he put up those stats in the ACC, he would have ranked 3rd in the conference in both categories.

But, look, when you’ve got a trio of top-6 Heisman candidates as well as a 2-time conference-winning QB returning, it’s bound to be an uphill climb. If de Laura can help Arizona get over the hump and back into a bowl game, he might get some hardware.

USC RB Austin Jones

Both Los Angeles schools have crowded backfields in the absence of establish starters, with UCLA’s Zach Charbonnet and USC’s Travis Dye both bidding goodbye after productive 2022 campaigns.

But the Bruins’ talented newcomer, Carson Steele, earned the 2nd-team nod over Pac-12 standbys Jones, Washington State’s Nakia Watson and Arizona’s Michael Wiley. Watson and Wiley are understandable, but Jones played particularly well in relief of Dye after the former Oregon product suffered a devastating injury late in the year. After transferring from Stanford to compete with Dye for the starting gig, Jones ran for 705 yards on 135 carries. Then again, Steele rushed for 1,556 yards and 14 scores for the Cardinals.

Perhaps voters expect South Carolina transfer MarShawn Lloyd to carve out a bigger role than UCLA’s backups.

Washington WR Ja’Lynn Polk

On any other team, Polk might be a No. 1, much less a No. 2.

But behind 1st-teamer Rome Odunze and 2nd-teamer Jalen McMillan, Polk is Penix’s third look. And what a look. Polk had 694 receiving yards on just 41 receptions with 6 scores, acting as a true home run threat. He’s not going to double his usage, but he could certainly could flirt with the 1,000-yard mark.

Given the Huskies representation on the all-conference team, it’s hard to cry over this one, but Polk is pretty darn good.

Arizona State WR Elijhah Badger

Based on the ratio of quality of quarterback play to wide receiver production AKA QQPWRP, Badger may have been the best wideout in the conference last year. He had 70 receptions for 866 yards and 7 touchdowns while catching balls from the likes of Emory Jones and Trenton Bourguet. All that after catching just 7 passes for 61 yards in 2021.

Bourguet is back but has some better competition for the starting gig, and Badger could be the biggest beneficiary.

Arizona TE Tanner McLachlan

Utah’s Brant Kuithe and Stanford’s Benjamin Yurosek were two of the biggest certainties on the squads, but McLachlan could very well have unseated Arizona State’s Jalin Conyers and Oregon’s Terrance Ferguson on the list of honorable mentions. He actually had the most returning yards for a tight end in the Pac-12 with 456 on just 34 receptions last year.

USC OL Jonah Monheim

This might have been the single biggest surprise on the entire list.

After a standout sophomore season for the Trojans, blossoming as a leader alongside stalwarts Andrew Vorhees and Brett Neilon, Monheim became a scout’s darling. He earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors last year but was the 9th-rated tackle in the country according to Pro Football Focus. It’s a bit surprising that Oregon State has 2 first-team linemen and USC has none. By the end of the year, Monheim should bump from the 2nd team to the 1st team.

UCLA OL Duke Clemens

The Bruins did a tremendous job paving holes for Zach Charbonnet as well as protecting Dorian Thompson-Robinson last year. For UCLA to put up some incredible numbers last year and not land one lineman on the 1st or 2nd team — especially one with 21 straight solid starts — is surprising.

UCLA DL Grayson Murphy

Several players on this list, including Monheim and Clemens, at least earned some recognition. Murphy, after finishing 2nd on the Bruins in both sacks and tackles-for-loss, did not.

He put up better numbers than some of the honorable mention selections, but UCLA’s defense was generally ignored, aside from Laiatu Latu and Darius Muasau.

Arizona K Tyler Loop

Loop tied with 1st-teamer Joshua Karty of Stanford to lead the league with 1.50 field goals per game. He also was 5th in field goal percentage and 3rd in PAT kicking percentage, hitting all 38 attempts.

It’s hard to argue with Karty on the 1st team after going 18-for-18 on field goals, including a 61-yarder. And Oregon’s Camden Lewis went 14-for-16 and hit all 64 PAT attempts, earning a 2nd-team nod. But Loop had a shot.