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UCLA, USC or Arizona State: Who Wins the Pac-12 South in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
With six teams expected to be ranked in the preseason polls, the Pac-12 should provide plenty of must-see games during 2014.On paper, the South Division appears to be a three-team race between Arizona State, UCLA and USC. Arizona is slightly behind the top three teams, but if Rich Rodriguez can find a few answers on offense, the Wildcats will be a sleeper team. Utah and Colorado will likely be...

Cody Kessler Named USC's Starting QB for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
There’s little doubt quarterback competitions are the position battle scrutinized the most in preseason practices. However, at USC, the quarterback battle is officially over - for now.First-year USC coach Steve Sarkisian has picked Cody Kessler as the team’s starting quarterback. Kessler was competing with redshirt freshman Max Browne for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Sarkisian...

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...

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...

USC Trojans 2014 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Pat Haden really didn’t want Lane Kiffin around any longer. So the USC athletic director made a decisive move just a few weeks into the season when he fired Kiffin on the tarmac at LAX.A few months later, Haden announced that Steve Sarkisian was returning to Heritage Hall to become USC’s next head football coach. Coach Sark had rebuilt Washington into a winner but could never get the...

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...

2014 Heisman Trophy Position-by-Position Spring Primer

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 days 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...

Top 10 Pac-12 Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 days 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...

Notable Names that will be Snubbed by the College Football Hall of Fame

By David Fox, 4 months 1 week ago
If AJ McCarron ends up in the College Football Hall of Fame, the credit won’t go entirely to his two national championships and 36 career wins.Instead, the former Alabama quarterback can thank the Walter Camp Foundation. That organization voted him its first-team All-America quarterback during his senior year, thus making him eligible for the Hall of Fame.(Remember, this makes McCarron...