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Program Instability Makes the USC Trojans Tough to Rank in 2016

By Josh Webb, 1 month 1 week ago
The USC Trojans are an oddity; college football’s version of Schrödinger's cat, if you will. Until they’ve played the game, it’s impossible to tell whether the team spirit and effort is alive or dead. It also makes them an extremely tough team to peg down in the rankings. If the metric is on-paper talent, USC belongs up there with the best in the nation. If the metric is...

USC Trojans 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
USC is one of college football's most intriguing teams to watch in 2016. New coach Clay Helton takes over on a full-time basis, and his first year at the helm features one of the nation’s toughest schedules. The Trojans open against defending national champion Alabama, play at Stanford, Utah, Washington and UCLA and match up against Notre Dame, Oregon and Arizona State at home. As...

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...

Ranking the Toughest Games on USC's College Football Schedule in 2016

By Josh Webb, 1 month 2 weeks ago
After a roller coaster of a season that had USC going through a coaching change, rebounding to win the Pac-12 South Division and finish with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, the Trojans are hoping for some stability and a return to normalcy in 2016.   Clay Helton had the “interim” tag removed from his title right before USC played Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship...

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...

Post-Spring 2016 Impressions of USC Football

By Kyle Kensing, 2 months 6 days ago
The conclusion of spring practices marks a significant milestone in USC football’s offseason, and the countdown to the Trojans’ Week 1 clash with defending national champion Alabama.   Related: USC Trojans 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis   Saturday’s spring game put a bow on the 15-practice offseason slate. The following are impressions of the Trojans...

USC Trojans 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

By Josh Webb, 2 months 1 week ago
The USC Trojans have had a rough go of it the past couple of years and last year was no different, going through yet another change at head coach. A loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl has USC motivated to get things back on track.   Related: USC Trojans 2016 Spring Football Preview   But the Trojans won’t have it easy in the slightest. And come Sept. 3, USC will open...

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 3 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...