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Great Coaches, Improved Facilities and New TV Deal Have Fueled Pac-12's Rise

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 3 days ago
It’s understandable that David Shaw would be somewhat conflicted when it comes to the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule. On the one hand, the fourth-year Stanford coach is a competitor, and there is something appealing about being the ruling party two seasons running in a league that tests manhood like no other. He is also a pragmatist, and when he sees the annual parade of...

Stanford football players named to first watch lists of 2014 season

By Evan Buhler, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Henry Anderson, A.J. Tarpley, Alex Carter, Jordan Richards, Kevin Hogan, Ty Montgomery, Graham Shuler, and Jordan Williamson, and are the eight members of the Stanford football team named to the initial watch lists of the 2014 season. For the second season in a row, senior quarterback Kevin Hogan has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which recognizes the America’s College Player...

11 Pac-12 Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Pac-12 statistics you need to know about in 2014:  7: Top returning passers in the Pac-12Oregon State’s Sean Mannion led the Pac-12 and was second nationally with 4,662 passing yards.  Washington State’s Connor Halliday led the nation with 714 pass attempts. Both Marcus Mariota and Taylor...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...

Which Teams Are Closing On Their First National Championship?

By David Fox, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Since 1996, college football teams have only been adding to national championship trophy cases.If certain programs ever seem like they have a ceiling, that’s the fact to watch. Florida is the most recent team to win its first national title when the Gators won the 1996 title. Every other national champion since has only been adding to its trophy tally.That’s not for lack of trying,...

Stanford Football 2014 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 day ago
David Shaw is now a two-time defending Pac-12 champion.  Stanford has established itself as one of the premier programs west of the Mississippi after an unprecedented run of success over the last half decade. But Shaw is facing something he hasn't really had to face during his brief time leading the ship in Palo Alto. He is facing stability issues for the first time. He must...

Ranking the Pac-12 Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 6 days ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan support, home-field...

Pac-12 Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions. With the predictions released, it’s time...

Dudchock to spend fifth year at Vanderbilt

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 1 week ago
Tight end Davis Dudchock announced on Twitter Sunday night that he would be spending his fifth year of eligibility at Vanderbilt, making him the second 2013 Stanford football player to join the Commodores this month. Excited to start grad school and play football at Vanderbilt University next year! Thankful for a new opportunity and ready to get to work! — Davis Dudchock (@DavisTheDude) June 16...

Pac-12's Top 10 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
If there is one league in college football this season that needs to take it easy in the non-conference slate, it’s the Pac-12. Larry Scott has built what could be the best conference in college football in 2014 and it would make sense for most of the programs to take it easy outside of their league. But, for most of the contenders out West this fall, that couldn't be further...