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College Football's Best Head Coach-Quarterback Tandems for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The old saying about the Jimmys and Joes is true.Winning games in college football is about the players. If your favorite team has the best players, more times than not, your favorite team is going to win the game. And the most important player on any gridiron is the quarterback. This isn’t really up for debate.That said, the head coach (obviously) is the most influential non-player piece...

2014 College Football Rankings: #6 Oregon

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
A late-season knee injury to quarterback Marcus Mariota ended Oregon’s national title hopes last year, but the Ducks are poised for a run at a spot in college football new four-team playoff in 2014. Mariota turned down the NFL for another season in Eugene, and the junior is surrounded by a solid supporting cast, including five starters back on the offensive line. The defense is under the...

Stanford or Oregon: Who Wins the Pac-12 North in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Oregon and Stanford have been two of college football’s top programs in recent years, as the Ducks and Cardinal have combined to win all three of the Pac-12’s championship games.Different year, same story in 2014. Stanford and Oregon are the favorites to win the Pac-12 North this season, and both teams are expected to factor into the national title conversation.Oregon returns Heisman...

Who Leads the Pac-12 in Passing Yards in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 days ago
The Pac-12 is always home to some of the nation’s top offenses, and the quarterback play in the league should be strong once again in 2014.Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is one of the favorites to win the Heisman, and big things are expected of Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly and UCLA’s Brett Hundley. Kelly finished with 3,635 yards last season, while Hundley threw for 3,071 yards...

Ranking the Pac-12's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Every year, it seems the Pac-12 is home to some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. And it should be no surprise that narrative holds true in 2014, as the league possesses three potential All-American candidates this year.Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is one of the nation’s top signal-callers and should benefit form a full offseason to recover from a knee injury. Mariota is a Heisman...

Oregon WR Bralon Addison Tears ACL; Ducks WR Corps Has Major Concerns

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 day ago
The Pac-12 title race is expected to be a tight battle between Oregon, Stanford, USC and UCLA.The Ducks are considered by some to be the preseason favorite, but Mark Helfrich’s team suffered a setback on Thursday, as receiver Bralon Addison suffered a torn ACL in practice. A timetable for Addison’s absence was not announced, but it is believed he will miss the entire 2014 season....

The All-Pac-12 Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 months 4 days ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

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

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 3 weeks 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...