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Examining the Over/Under 2016 Win Totals for the Pac-12 North

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 6 days ago
The race should be close in the Pac-12 North once again in 2016 with Washington edging it's way into the pack. The Huskies went 7-6 last year, but have the team capable of taking a step forward this fall. What we do know is that it's going to be another rough year for Oregon State.   Related: Pac-12 Football 2016 Predictions   There are six teams in the Pac-12's...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

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

By Josh Webb, 1 month 1 week ago
It has been a while since the University of Southern California Trojans last contended for a national championship. That was back in 2008, which does seem like a lifetime, but it was really just five coaches and eight years ago. Yet here we are on the cusp of the 2016 season and that feeling of being stuck in neutral remains with the Trojans.   Related: USC Trojans 2016 Preview and...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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...