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Pac-12 Football 2015 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff. The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. That shouldn’t ever be the issue in the Pac-12 — also known as college football's second-best league. Most will point to the depth of...

Pac-12's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The 2015 Pac-12 season is shaping up to be another year filled of intrigue in both division races. Oregon is the favorite in the North, but the Ducks have question marks on both sides of the ball. And the expected replacement for quarterback Marcus Mariota – Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams – won’t arrive until this summer. In the South Division, five out of the six...

Pac-12 North 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. After claiming a Heisman Trophy and reaching the national championship game, the Oregon Ducks likely enter the season as the Pac-12 North Division favorites. But it's not nearly as clear-cut as years...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 day ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Pac-12 Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Pac-12 consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Continued growth out WestAfter the hire of Larry Scott to be commissioner, the Pac-12 has experienced remarkable growth and success. The hiring of elite coaches...

Carlos Strickland to Cal: Bears Land 4-Star WR Prospect

By Evan Buhler, 2 months 4 weeks ago
California's passing game was just upgraded, as wide receiver prospect Carlos Strickland has decided to commit to the school. Greg Powers of Scout...Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 days ago
College football’s 2014 season has ended, and the focus shifts from the national championship picture to signing day, spring practice and early preseason rankings for 2015. While last year and Ohio State’s national title victory over Oregon is still fresh in our minds, it’s never too early to think about next season. The Pac-12 has moved up the ladder in college football...

Pac-12's Top 15 Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 months 1 week ago
The SEC still might be the best league in college football but no conference had more fun in 2014 than the Pac-12. Week after week, the Pac-12 delivered with elite talent, high-quality coaching and dramatic finishes — both in conference and out. Not even the powerful SEC West could match the theater that the Pac-12 South had to offer this year. And anytime Oregon took the...

Pac-12 2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 entered the season with eyes on knocking off the SEC as the best league in college football. While that may not happen until Oregon knocks off both Florida State and Alabama in the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has clearly separated itself as the best league outside of the SEC and has set itself up to be on par with the SEC if the Ducks can win two more games. Star...

California Trending in Right Direction Under Sonny Dykes

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 4 weeks ago
California ran into a brick wall on its path to the postseason in 2014, but the program appears to be in solid hands with head coach Sonny Dykes. Cal ended its 2014 season sitting on five wins, one win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. The first season under Dykes may have looked like a mistake with just one win to celebrate in 2013, but Dykes has shown Cal has...