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Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Preview and Prediction

By John Coon, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Utah and Arizona State are fighting to achieve dramatically different goals when they clash on Thursday night.   For the No. 15 Utes, a victory over the Sun Devils means another step forward to claiming the Pac-12 South title. Utah (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) hasn't won in Tempe since a 31-28 victory in 1976. The Utes snapped an 11-game losing streak to Arizona State a season ago, winning 34-18...

College Football Poll Watch: The College Football Playoff Rankings are an Enigma

By J.P. Scott, 4 weeks 1 day ago
With the arrival of the College Football Playoff rankings, the focus of this weekly column shifts away from the coaches and media and their meaningless polls and moves to a room in Dallas full of some old guys and Condoleeza Rice.   The playoff rankings, released every Tuesday, almost always leave us with more questions than answers — right up to the final rankings of the season. It...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 11

By J.P. Scott, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The fun has just begun.   Just when we think it's starting to appear that we can project the final four teams that will qualify for the College Football Playoff, the game happens. We — both fans and media — predict, project, preview and prognosticate as if we truly think we are experts. But we're not. We're all just slaves to the game, and when the game is played,...

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 11

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s Week 11 slate once again kicked off with midweek MACtion on Tuesday and Wednesday and continues into Thursday night with three games on the schedule, including North Carolina at Duke and Utah at Arizona State. Boston College at Florida State is the only matchup on Friday night, but there’s a full slate ahead on Saturday. The Week 11 schedule only features two games...

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Justin Herbert are the Future of Pac-12 Football

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 10 hours ago
LOS ANGELES — The last two Pac-12 programs to produce Heisman Trophy winners, Oregon and USC, may have the conference's contenders of the future in quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Sam Darnold.    Though the two first-year players have ceilings that could put them in league with predecessors like Marcus Mariota and Matt Leinart, both Herbert and Darnold deviate...

College Football's Post-Week 10 Bowl Projections

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 12 hours ago
The first weekend of November games for the 2016 college football season are in the books. Alabama dominated LSU in Baton Rouge to remain No. 1, while Clemson, Michigan and Washington scored victories in conference play to stay unbeaten. One-loss teams Louisville and Ohio State remain within reach of the College Football Playoff.    The start of college football’s...

Seven-Step Drop: Fact-Checking College Football Claims on Election Eve

By Bryan Fischer, 1 month 1 day ago
If you watched any college football this weekend on television, you were probably like most of the country and inundated with political ads during commercial breaks. Thankfully our long national nightmare is almost over and Election Day will come and go on Tuesday.   Of course that’s not the only thing that will happen that day, as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee...

College Football Week 10 Awards

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
Week 10 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Alabama used a timely offense and stout defensive effort to beat LSU 10-0, Clemson, Washington and Michigan remained unbeaten with huge performances in conference play, while Mississippi State ended Texas A&M's playoff hopes with a 35-28 victory in Starkville. Ohio State...

Washington Huskies vs. California Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 4 days ago
Washington's unblemished record — improved to 8-0 last week with a marquee win at Utah — was not enough to get the Huskies into the top four of the first College Football Playoff rankings.   Related: 5 Takeaways from the First College Football Playoff Rankings   No matter. Washington can almost assuredly guarantee itself a spot in the playoff by winning out....

Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans Preview and Prediction

By Josh Webb, 1 month 4 days ago
For the longest time, USC has had an issue getting past the Oregon Ducks. In fact, the whole of the Pac-12, save for Stanford, have had their issues with the Ducks. The high-flying offense and ability to bring in some of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks have given the Ducks an aura and a belief that they can best traditional powers and they’ve done quite a bit of it along...