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College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #61-80

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 26-128. The 61-80 rankings release features more teams from the Power 5 leagues, as well as some predicted...

Bowl Games Have No Place in the College Football Playoff

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Nick Saban wants college football to focus more on the bowls. His biggest fear is that the College Football Playoff is taking too much attention away from prestigious and historically significant games like the Poulan/Weed Eater Bowl. With TV ratings soaring for bowl games and new games pushing the total number of bowls to 41, Saban and fellow bowl czar Bill Hancock couldn’t...

Colorado Buffaloes 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Thought this may be tough to prove to an outsider, Colorado improved in 2014 despite a 2-10 record and a winless Pac-12 season. The Buffaloes were more competitive at least as far as the scoreboard was concerned in the second season under Mike MacIntyre. If the Buffs can flip the margins a little further and sweep its non-conference schedule, they will start to show more tangible progress.Follow...

Oregon State Beavers 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
As far as surprising coaching moves during the 2015 offseason, Oregon State was the epicenter. On one end, longtime overachiever Mike Riley left for Nebraska after 12 seasons in his second stint with the Beavers. On the other, Oregon State pulled Gary Andersen from Wisconsin. Andersen is a proven coach, but he walks into an uncertain situation with only two returning defensive starters starters...

Washington State Cougars 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Washington State may have been ahead of schedule when the Cougars reached a bowl game in 2013, even if they finished with a losing record after the collapse against Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl. After a 3-9 season, Washington State needs to get back on track in the fourth season under Mike Leach. The Cougars will have a new quarterback who got his feet wet last season and a new...

Top 15 College Football Quarterback Matchups to Watch in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Michael Vick was first. Then Vince Young. Then it was Tebow, RG3, Johnny Football and Super Mariota. The super quarterback is a relatively new phenomenon in college football that changed the way game is played forever. With new rules and new offensive innovation, the quarterback has become even more important — and it was already the most important position on the...

College Football 2015 Rankings and Predictions: #41-60

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project how the upcoming year will play out on the field. Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for this season and continues the countdown to September with a look at the teams ranked No. 41-60. The 41-60 range features two teams breaking in new coaches (Houston and Pittsburgh), along with a...

California Golden Bears 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
The Golden Bears were just a handful of plays away from getting to a bowl game last fall. This team has shown marked improvement under Sonny Dykes, and with star quarterback Jared Goff poised for a breakout season, reaching the postseason in 2015 should be an extremely reasonable expectation in Berkeley. The Pac-12 has been warned.Follow Athlon Sports on Twitter: @AthlonSportsPreviewing Cal...

Washington Huskies 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
Chris Petersen’s first order of business in the Pac-12 was to change the culture at Washington. Reworking a locker room’s mentality doesn’t happen over night and that led to six losses despite a glut of top flight NFL Draft picks a year ago. Petersen still has to answer questions under center and in his front seven, but his plan has worked everywhere he has been and there is no...

Sarkisian Stockpiling Quarterbacks for USC's Future

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
USC football stockpiled talented quarterbacks during its run of dominance in the 2000s, when current head coach Steve Sarkisian was an assistant to Pete Carroll.  Sarkisian is emulating that blueprint now, aggressively hitting the recruiting trail for quarterback prospects.  In the 2000s, the Trojans went from one Heisman Trophy winner, Carson Palmer, to another, Matt Leinart...