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Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

Oregon Ducks 2014 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The first eight games of the Mark Helfrich era were nearly perfect. Oregon was undefeated, ranked in the top five of the polls and had scored at least 50 points six times. Marcus Mariota was the leading Heisman Trophy candidate and was on the verge of setting a Pac-12 record for consecutive passes without an interception.Then Oregon went to Stanford and completely melted down — due in...

The Pac-12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 days ago
The Pac-12 has long been considered an offensive football conference.With a rich history of elite quarterbacks, offensive playmakers and innovative coaching staffs, it’s not too difficult to back that claim up with facts. Bill Walsh, Don James, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll set the bar for offensive advancement over the years while new faces like Rich Rodriguez, Mike Leach and Todd Graham...

Top 10 Pac-12 Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

2014 Heisman Trophy Position-by-Position Spring Primer

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
With all due respect to Johnny Football, Jameis Winston had the best debut season in college football history. Johnny Manziel’s Heisman-winning season in 2013 was special — he obliterated the SEC’s all-time single-season total offense record.But it wasn’t as special as Winston was a year ago. He set NCAA passing records, never lost a game, won the final BCS National...

25 College Football Spring Storylines to Watch for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Most college football fans generally consider Signing Day the official start of a new season, but spring practice is the first time all 128 FBS teams will hit the field in preparation for the upcoming year. Of course, it’s hard to glean much from spring practice. However, there’s excitement for every team as spring practice starts, especially at places like Florida State, Alabama,...

Top 10 Pac-12 Quarterbacks of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Pac-12 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The SEC is college football’s No. 1 conference, but the Pac-12 has narrowed the gap in recent years. And this conference will play a key role in shaping college football’s new playoff format, as Oregon, Stanford and UCLA are considered by many to be top-10 teams in 2014.The North Division is shaping up to be another battle between Oregon and Stanford for the No. 1 spot. The Ducks...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a deliberate and in-depth equation that helps Athlon Sports project the college football season every year.When the staff sits down to hash out the Athlon...

Top 10 Pac-12 Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...