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Pac-12 WILL NOT Be the Best Conference in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 15 hours ago
The Pac-12 is stacked with quality football teams and elite coaches. The rise of the Pac-12 began with the hiring of Larry Scott as conference commissioner. It continued by bringing in great coaches like Rich Rodriguez, Todd Graham, Chris Petersen, Mike Leach, Sonny Dykes and Jim Mora. Facilities upgrades, television networks and elite quarterback play followed close behind. The rise...

Golden Nugget Releases Lines for 2015 College Football Games of Year

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The 2015 college football season is still a ways off, but the preview and look ahead to the upcoming year never stops. On Friday, Golden Nugget sportsbook released odds on several key games for the upcoming year. According to BettingMoves.com, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and USC are favored in nine of the games listed by the Golden Nugget. Check out the full list of first odds for the...

12 Position Groups Under Pressure in the Pac-12 for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
The terms “on the hot seat” or “under pressure” usually apply to quarterbacks and head coaches. After all, there’s an enormous amount of pressure on quarterbacks and coaches for any college football team. And needless to say, it’s difficult to challenge for a conference championship or national title if the quarterback play is an issue all year or if...

Examining the Over/Under 2015 Win Totals for the Pac-12 North Division

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 5 days ago
Oregon ran away with the Pac-12 North last year, winning all but one of its conference games. This season the Ducks will be without Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, but head coach Mark Helfrich does have options to try and replace him. Stanford should be in the mix while the rest of the division will be fighting for scraps most likely.  Related: 2015 Pac-12 Predictions, Projected...

College Football 2015 All-America Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
The 2015 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players from 2014 are in the NFL ranks, but there’s no shortage of talent returning to the FBS level. Athlon Sports released its 2015 all-conference teams earlier this offseason, and now the focus shifts to the All-...

Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 6 days ago
When putting together Athlon Sports' college football magazine and preseason Top 25 each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish. And don’t forget that the College Football Playoff Committee made it very clear in its first season that it values scheduling....

College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Transfers are a huge part of any college football season. Whether it’s a graduate transfer eligible right away or a player that sat out the previous year due to NCAA rules, impact players are available in the transfer ranks every year. Quarterbacks are always under the microscope in the transfer ranks, and there’s no shortage of intriguing moves for 2015. Everett Golson left...

New Oregon State Head Coach Gary Andersen Faces Tough Task Against "Best of the Best"

By Kyle Kensing, 1 month 1 week ago
New Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen understands the task ahead of him in his first year in the Pac-12 Conference.  "It was, if not the best, one of the best conferences in the country [in 2014]," he said. "It’s an elite league from a standpoint of athleticism, dynamic offenses and physical play within the front sevens."  That combination...

Pac-12 College Football Teams as Rock and Roll Bands

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Music, like sports, sparks debate, creates discussion and can even lead to heated disagreements. But both are unquestionably a huge part of American culture. So Athlon Sports has decided to combine two of our favorite things — rock and roll with college football. What if our favorite football programs were rock and roll bands? Every Power 5 team will be represented, so if...

12 Pac-12 Stats You Need to Know for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Here are the most important and interesting stats you need to know about the Pac-12 in 2015: 67-7: Anu Solomon’s record as a starterArizona’s starting quarterback isn’t the most mobile and doesn’t have the best arm but he knows how to win. He went 57-3 with four state championships at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and then 10-4 as a redshirt freshman...