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Ranking the Pac-12's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
The Pac-12 is known for producing its share of high-scoring offenses and standout quarterbacks. And the conference certainly isn’t hurting for talent under center in 2016, as Washington State’s Luke Falk and UCLA’s Josh Rosen return as the league’s top options. Falk will produce huge numbers in coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense, while Rosen has all of the physical...

Top 25 Pac-12 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Before they were NFL legends, pro football stars like John Elway, Marcus Allen, Dan Fouts and Tedy Bruschi dominated at universities in the present-day Pac-12 Conference.    Related: Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings   The next generation of Pac-12-produced NFL talent could get its professional start after being high picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. Which Pac-12...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12's nine-game conference schedule places a premium on non-conference scheduling. It also exposes differing ideologies on just how to schedule out-of-league matchups when faced with Power Five dates already built into 75 percent of the schedule.   Related: Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest 2016 College Football Schedules   Some of the Pac-12's teams play...

Pac-12's Top 15 Players on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus. Regardless of how players arrive on campus, it’s no secret a new wave of standouts will...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest 2016 College Football Schedules

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Unprecedented parity has transformed the Pac-12 landscape, turning a conference once dominated but just one or two teams into a wide-open free-for-all.   That trend should continue in 2016, with no clear front-runner for the league championship standing out on paper. All of last season's top performers, including reigning champion Stanford, must address sizable voids left by departing...

Oregon Ducks 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Oregon’s unique brand of up-tempo football accomplished more than winning some games over the last half-decade. The Ducks revolutionized the sport, helping to usher in a new era of fast-paced, entertaining offenses.   Three straight conference titles won from 2009-11 changed the complexion of the Pac-12. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Washington State all hired head coaches...

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 12 min ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J. Yeldon to finishing as the nation’s...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight. This spring features...