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QB Max Wittek Will Transfer from USC

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago
With Cody Kessler entrenched as the starter, and Max Browne expected to push for playing time this spring, Max Wittek was the odd man out in the USC quarterback derby. And with limited playing time likely on tap for 2014, Wittek has decided to transfer from USC.Since he will graduate from USC, Wittek will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.In two years with the Trojans, Wittek completed 50...

Top 10 Pac-12 Defensive Linemen of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 8 months 3 weeks 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...

Top 10 Pac-12 Wide Receivers of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 9 months 1 day 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...

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 2 days ago
After a whopping 31 changes last year, college football’s head coach carousel was relatively quiet this offseason.The 2013-14 cycle featured just 20 teams making a switch at head coach. But the offseason wasn’t short on drama, as two of college football’s premier jobs opened (USC and Texas), while there was movement in early January at Penn State, UAB and Vanderbilt.All 20...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2013

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
An underrated part of coaching is hiring the right coordinators. College football head coaches can be strong X’s and O’s leaders, but coordinators are a huge piece of the puzzle and are often the fall guy when things go wrong. And if a coach is more of a program CEO, then coordinators and position coaches become even more important.If you need proof of how important coordinator...

Early Pac-12 Football Predictions for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 9 months 1 week ago
The SEC is still college football’s No. 1 conference, but the Pac-12 isn’t far behind in 2014.Oregon, Stanford and UCLA each could rank inside of the top 10 in preseason polls. The Ducks should be a slight favorite to win the Pac-12, but there's not a wide gap to the Cardinal or Bruins.Oregon has a slight edge over Stanford in our early Pac-12 predictions, but there’s very...

2014 Pac-12 Football Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 9 months 1 week ago
The Pac-12 might be the best conference in college football next season.The 2014 season will be remembered forever as the first edition of the playoff era. But it also might be remembered as the year the SEC’s reign of terror ended. One look at early preseason top 25 polls and it’s easy to see just how deep and difficult the Pac-12 will be in ’14. Three of the top nine and six...

Ranking the 16 BCS National Championship Games

By Braden Gall, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Fans and media critics alike toss around words like “greatest” and “all-time” fairly liberally. I am not immune from this type of hyperbole, as I’ve been known to wax poetically about most, best or awesome-est games, players, teams, moments or endings in the long and storied history of college football.But Florida State’s win over Auburn on Monday night in the...

An Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 9 months 2 weeks ago
Tune in to the Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast as our staff talks college football every week leading up to the 2014 season.iTunes | Podcast ArchiveThe dust has barely settled on what was a truly magnificent ending to the BCS era. Not only in the national championship game performance by both Florida State and Auburn but also the rest of the BCS slate. BCS executive director Bill Hancock...

BCS Era: Ranking the 16 BCS National Champions

By Braden Gall, 9 months 2 weeks ago
The BCS is dead. After 16 years of picking a two-team tournament, the Bowl Championship Series took its final breath in the form of a second BCS championship for Florida State. The Noles won one of the greatest college games played in a 34-31 final version of the BCS title.It was easy to hate the BCS and much more difficult to sing its praises. However, the Bowl Championship Series was a huge...