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College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 7 hours ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult one to judge, rank or evaluate. With the uncertainty and difficulty in evaluating this position, it should come as no surprise that a handful of names...

Breakthrough 2015 A Possible Springboard for More at Washington State

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
The most successful football season in 12 years at Washington State nearly derailed out of the starting gate.   "Here we go again," defensive back Parker Henry said, reminiscing on the sentiment that might very well have overtaken the Washington State locker room following Week 1.   Coming off a 3-9 finish in which head coach Mike Leach made sweeping personnel changes;...

USC Prepares for Familiar Face in Season Opener Against Alabama

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
When USC trots out onto the field on Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium for its opener against defending national champion Alabama, a familiar face will be stalking the sidelines for the Crimson Tide.   Lane Kiffin.   The Trojans’ former head coach has rehabilitated his image in an impressive fashion after his abrupt departure from USC nearly three years ago. During his tenure as...

Australia Trip A Chance for Cal Football to Build Sport's Fan Base

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
Offensive lineman Steven Moore is still learning about Australia ahead of his Cal Golden Bears visiting Sydney for the 2016 season opener against Hawaii.   He knows enough to avoid the waters, he said at Thursday’s session of the Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.   “I know there are a lot of sharks. I’ve heard about that,” Moore said...

Pac-12 Commissioner Says Conference’s Players Don’t Get Enough Heisman Respect

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 3 days ago
When Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ FBS record for all-purpose yardage but failed to take home the Heisman Trophy last season, a popular refrain was that the talented tailback would have held up the award had he not played so many late-night games.   The theory made some sense; given that eventual winner Derrick Henry from Alabama won five of six regions...

Pac-12 Not Focused on Missing College Football Playoff

By Bryan Fischer, 1 week 4 days ago
When the first edition of the College Football Playoff kicked off without a Big 12 team, the league found itself suddenly in the middle of an existential crisis.   Expansion was discussed time again and time again. Tie-breaking procedures were finagled and clarified. Money was dumped by the truckload into consultants and marketing campaigns. Eventually, a conference title game — in...

Why Stanford Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 5 days ago
Every year but one since the 2010 season, Stanford has been in the race for the college football national championship deep into the campaign. However, the Cardinal have yet to actually play for the game's top prize.   Coming off one of the most impressive single seasons amid this altogether remarkable run, the 2016 version of Stanford football has the pieces to not only again be in...

Why Su'a Cravens Shouldn't Worry About His Legacy at USC

By Josh Webb, 1 week 6 days ago
Whenever sports media outlets publish “Greatest Ever” pieces, it almost always leads to intense discussion on social, many times drawing ire not just from the fans, but from excluded players as well. One of the reasons media outlets continuously compile these subjective lists is that they spread like wildfire on social media. All it takes is the right person to take issue with it...

College Football's All-Star Baseball Team

By Lance Dozier, 1 week 6 days ago
There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to show that only the best of the best make it professionaly - especially with only 1.6% of student-athletes playing on Sundays.   Out of...

What if Pac-12 College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 7 hours ago
Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason...