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Heisman Watch: The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 1 week ago
Consider 2016 the "Year of the Running Back" around the Pac-12. The conference is loaded at a position recently dismissed as expendable at various levels of football, but this current crop of ball carriers around the West refute that notion emphatically.   The Pac-12 features a number of backs capable of bringing the league its second Heisman Trophy in three seasons. Among...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 1 week ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college football season the fruit of that labor.   Opening week is loaded with blockbuster games and the state of Texas alone may play host to the biggest...

Top 12 Pac-12 Non-Conference Games of 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 4 months 1 week ago
Many of the toughest schedules in the 2016 college football season reside out West. A nine-game conference schedule certainly contributes to the degree of difficulty many Pac-12 teams face in the upcoming campaign, but plenty arranged challenging non-conference slates, as well.   In fact, some of the most anticipated non-conference games in the 2016 season feature Pac-12 squads.  ...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor...

5 Reasons Why Utah is the Pac-12 South's Sleeper Team in 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Pac-12 doesn’t have a clear frontrunner to win the conference title in 2016, but there’s no shortage of intrigue surrounding the league. Washington, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and USC are the early favorites to win the conference and compete for a playoff spot, but with little separation among the top teams, a dark horse contender could emerge.   Utah is coming off its best...

College Football's Top 50 Underrated Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching, Athlon Sports wanted to take a look at some players deserving of more preseason accolades or discussion. In an effort to get to 50 names, we tried to stick...

Ranking the Big 12 Expansion Candidates

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The timeline for expansion is expected to move fast, as the new programs could join the Big 12 in time for the 2017 season. While expansion isn’t...

Why USC Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2016

By Josh Webb, 4 months 3 weeks ago
It has been a while since the University of Southern California Trojans last contended for a national championship. That was back in 2008, which does seem like a lifetime, but it was really just five coaches and eight years ago. Yet here we are on the cusp of the 2016 season and that feeling of being stuck in neutral remains with the Trojans.   Related: USC Trojans 2016 Preview and...

College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. However, this position is also the most difficult one to judge, rank or evaluate. With the uncertainty and difficulty in evaluating this position, it should come as no surprise that a handful of names...

USC Prepares for Familiar Face in Season Opener Against Alabama

By Bryan Fischer, 4 months 3 weeks ago
When USC trots out onto the field on Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium for its opener against defending national champion Alabama, a familiar face will be stalking the sidelines for the Crimson Tide.   Lane Kiffin.   The Trojans’ former head coach has rehabilitated his image in an impressive fashion after his abrupt departure from USC nearly three years ago. During his tenure as...