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Why USC Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 5 days 11 hours ago
USC last entered the national championship race in 2008, which also was the last season the Trojans won the conference title. To call seven years a drought might be somewhat disingenuous — just ask Cal or Oregon State, neither of which have been to a Rose Bowl in more than a half-century — but expectations are such that this time has given those around the USC football...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 13 hours ago
Coordinator changes in college football can have an immediate impact on either side of the ball. Every year, it seems a handful of teams show significant improvement in the win column or on the stat sheet as a result of a coordinator change. Last season, TCU’s offense improved to one of the best in the nation after the hire of Doug Meacham as the team’s play-caller. Which...

The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 6 days 11 hours ago
The conference now known as the Pac-12 became a regular home for the Heisman Trophy in the 1960s. In that decade, USC's Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson, UCLA's Gary Beban and Oregon State's Terry Baker all brought the most celebrated individual award in the sport out West. In the years since, the Heisman has made just a few return trips. In fact, barring USC recipients, John...

College Football's Top 10 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 13 hours ago
College football coaches are always on the hot seat. The pressure to win now is greater than it was 15-20 years ago. With the 24-hour news cycle, social media and message boards, coaches, teams and players are always on the spotlight. The terms “hot seat” and “under pressure” don’t necessarily mean a coach is entering a year with concerns about job security,...

Why Oregon Will or Won't Make The College Football Playoff in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich allowed his team some time to mourn the Ducks’ failed bid for the program’s first national championship. But with a loaded roster heading into 2015, Oregon has an opportunity to turn its disappointment into fuel for another run at the title. The reigning Pac-12 champion and national runner-up Ducks are favorites to win the league crown for the...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor that most...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
Projecting college football’s breakout players for any given season is no easy assignment. After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season. While it’s difficult to label breakout players, the new stars of any season can have a huge impact on conference championship...

Why Arizona State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 6 days ago
Todd Graham is unambiguous about his ambitions for the Arizona State football program. The head coach talks of pursuing Pac-12 and national championships, and in three years with the Sun Devils, he’s had the west’s sleeping giant on the cusp of those goals. Related: Arizona State Sun Devils 2015 Preview and Prediction The 2015 season could be Arizona State’s best...

Pac-12 Wild Card Players in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Competition in the Pac-12 is unpredictable: divisions decided on the last day, Hail Mary finishes, multiple-touchdown, fourth-quarter comebacks — and that was just 2014. Related: Pac-12 Football 2015 Predictions The Pac-12 is truly college football's Wild West. Winning in a conference in which a few plays can be the difference between title contention and mediocrity requires...

College Football's Top 50 Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Kickoff for the 2015 college football season is just around the corner. With media days underway and players reporting to camps in August, it won’t be long before teams are officially preparing for the opening week. With the season countdown under 50 days until kickoff, it’s time to take a look at the best 50 players in college football for the upcoming year. Ranking the...