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Washington State Cougars 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 day 22 hours ago
Washington State improved its win total by six games last season after a 3-9 mark in 2014. The Cougars also claimed the program’s second bowl trip under coach Mike Leach. As usual for a Mike Leach-coached team, Washington State will be dynamic on offense. Quarterback Luke Falk headlines the high-powered passing attack, while receiver Gabe Marks should push for All-America...

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 23 hours ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.   This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by...

10 FCS vs. FBS Football Games to Avoid Watching in 2016

By Craig Haley, 6 days 1 hour ago
No doubt you’ve circled plenty of Saturdays on your calendar for this fall. College football is coming and not soon enough to its millions of fans.   The excitement often starts with early-season matchups between FBS and FCS programs, when the big boys in Division I have to be on guard. Last year, nine FCS teams topped the much-larger FBS.   Related: 15 Best FBS vs. FCS...

Why Stanford Will (or Won't) Win the Pac-12 Championship in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 22 hours ago
Stanford won its third Pac-12 championship in four seasons last year. In some ways, the 2015 crown proved to be the Cardinal’s most impressive.   Stanford flipped the script from the previous two title runs under head coach David Shaw. Whereas the 2012 and '13 teams relied on top-tier defense to set the tone, with a methodical offense that bordered on plodding, last season's...

Why UCLA Will (or Won't) Win the Pac-12 Championship in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 23 hours ago
Since Jim Mora's arrival as head coach in 2012, UCLA has lingered achingly close to the Pac-12 title.   The Bruins appeared in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game and came a last-minute field goal away from forcing overtime. In 2013, a stalled, final drive against Arizona State denied UCLA a return to the championship. The Bruins' 2014 pursuit ended with a final-week upset loss to...

Washington Huskies 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
Washington is a program on the rise under third-year coach Chris Petersen, and the Huskies have the necessary pieces in place to challenge Stanford for the Pac-12 North title. Leading the way for the offense is a pair of sophomores – quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin. Additionally, the Huskies return three starters on the offensive line, and big-play threat John Ross...

Stanford Cardinal 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
Stanford has claimed at least a share of the Pac-12 North title in four out of coach David Shaw’s five seasons. But the Cardinal face a significant rebuilding effort in order to earn their fifth in six years. Running back Christian McCaffrey is one of the nation’s best players, and he will anchor an offense that features a new quarterback (likely Keller Chryst) and a rebuilt line....

UCLA Bruins 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 2 days ago
With 12 returning starters and a rising star in sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen, the Bruins are the team to beat in the Pac-12 South. There’s some turnover among Rosen’s supporting cast, but UCLA has options at running back and receiver, and the offensive line may not suffer too much despite losing three starters. The defense struggled to stop the run last year, but there’s...

Program Instability Makes the USC Trojans Tough to Rank in 2016

By Josh Webb, 1 week 2 days ago
The USC Trojans are an oddity; college football’s version of Schrödinger's cat, if you will. Until they’ve played the game, it’s impossible to tell whether the team spirit and effort is alive or dead. It also makes them an extremely tough team to peg down in the rankings. If the metric is on-paper talent, USC belongs up there with the best in the nation. If the metric is...

USC Trojans 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 3 days ago
USC is one of college football's most intriguing teams to watch in 2016. New coach Clay Helton takes over on a full-time basis, and his first year at the helm features one of the nation’s toughest schedules. The Trojans open against defending national champion Alabama, play at Stanford, Utah, Washington and UCLA and match up against Notre Dame, Oregon and Arizona State at home. As...