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UCLA Bruins 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
With 12 returning starters and a rising star in sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen, the Bruins are the team to beat in the Pac-12 South. There’s some turnover among Rosen’s supporting cast, but UCLA has options at running back and receiver, and the offensive line may not suffer too much despite losing three starters. The defense struggled to stop the run last year, but there’s...

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Kickoff for the 2016 college football season is still over 100 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and previews for the upcoming year. For most college football fans, one of the annual traditions each summer is the trip to the newsstand to pick up a preview magazine. The good news? The wait is almost over. The 2016 Athlon Sports College...

Ranking the Pac-12's Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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 College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.   The 2016 college football season opens with one of the best single days in the sport's history, which sets a fitting tone for the fall to follow...

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

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 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, 2 months 2 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...

UCLA Bruins 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Unprecedented, sustained success defined Jim Mora’s first four seasons as UCLA’s head coach. Never before had the Bruins won nine or more games three consecutive times, and only once previously had UCLA put together back-to-back years of 10 wins.   Mora accomplished both in his first three seasons.   However, a regression to eight wins and missed opportunities to return...

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

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks 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...