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Great Coaches, Improved Facilities and New TV Deal Have Fueled Pac-12's Rise

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
It’s understandable that David Shaw would be somewhat conflicted when it comes to the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule. On the one hand, the fourth-year Stanford coach is a competitor, and there is something appealing about being the ruling party two seasons running in a league that tests manhood like no other. He is also a pragmatist, and when he sees the annual parade of...

11 Pac-12 Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Pac-12 statistics you need to know about in 2014:  7: Top returning passers in the Pac-12Oregon State’s Sean Mannion led the Pac-12 and was second nationally with 4,662 passing yards.  Washington State’s Connor Halliday led the nation with 714 pass attempts. Both Marcus Mariota and Taylor...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...

Ranking the Pac-12 Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan support, home-field...

Pac-12 Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions. With the predictions released, it’s time...

Pac-12's Top 10 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
If there is one league in college football this season that needs to take it easy in the non-conference slate, it’s the Pac-12. Larry Scott has built what could be the best conference in college football in 2014 and it would make sense for most of the programs to take it easy outside of their league. But, for most of the contenders out West this fall, that couldn't be further...

Pac-12 Football 2014 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
2014 Pac-12 PredictionsNorth DivisionPac-12Overall1. Oregon (No. 6)7-211-22. Stanford (No. 12)7-29-33. Washington (No. 24)5-49-44. Oregon State (No. 53)3-66-65. Washington State (No. 56)3-66-66. California (No. 76)1-82-10South DivisionPac-12Overall1. UCLA (No. 7)7-210-32. USC (No. 14)6-39-33. Arizona State (No. 16)6-39-34. Arizona (No. 45)4-57-55. Utah (No. 54)4-56-66. Colorado (No. 71)1-84-8Pac...

College Football 2014 Rankings and Predictions: #41-60

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 days ago
The start of the college football season is less than 100 days away, and Athlon Sports is counting down the top teams for the upcoming year.Florida State is Athlon’s pick to win the national championship, with Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide projected to finish No. 2 nationally. Of course, there's a new element to college football's regular season with the addition of a four-...

2014 College Football Rankings: #45 Arizona

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 days ago
The 2014 college football season starts on Aug. 27 and continues into mid-January with the first edition of the four-team playoff. Athlon Sports is counting down until kickoff with projections and previews for all 128 FBS teams. Here is our team preview for No. 45 Arizona.Previewing Arizona’s Offense for 2014:In a sense, it is Groundhog Day at Arizona. After getting remarkable production...

Who should be the first running back taken in the 2014 NFL Draft?

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 days ago
The running back is going the way of the dodo bird. The proliferation of the spread offense and pass-happy systems has all but eliminated the feature back from NFL game plans.In 2003, 13 NFL players carried the ball more than 300 times and 18 rushed for more than 1,000 yards. Ten years later, only two — LeSean McCoy (314) and Marshawn Lynch (301) — carried the ball more than 300...