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Examining the Biggest Concerns for College Football's 2015 Playoff Contenders

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
With fall camps opening across the nation, all 128 college football teams are putting the final stamp on depth chart battles and preparations for the upcoming season. And as is the case every year, all teams in the national title picture have question marks that must be answered in order to win the college football playoff. Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the national...

College Football's 2015 All-Name Team

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
With 128 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2015 college football magazine.   We took a look through the rosters for the 128 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2015 season.   Offense...

USC 2015 Fall Camp Preview and Key Position Battles to Watch

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 5 months ago
Expectations run high for USC upon the outset of Trojans fall camp. The media’s pick to win the 2015 Pac-12 Conference championship and a preseason top-10 team, USC is anticipating competing for the program's first league title since 2008. Current head coach Steve Sarkisian was at USC as offensive coordinator for that last conference championship, and he made no bones at Pac-12...

College Football's Top 10 Fall Practice Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
College football’s long offseason is almost over. Kickoff for the 2015 season is less than 25 days away, and fall camps are underway across the nation. While every team is 0-0 and hopes of an undefeated season are still alive, all 128 FBS programs have key question marks to answer in fall camp. Optimism can only run high for so long. Eventually, the position concerns have to be answered...

Pac-12 2015 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
The Pac-12 features a loaded group of quarterbacks for the 2015 season. The conference features proven superstars poised to challenge for All-America honors, along with a few breakout candidates in UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oregon State’s Seth Collins. USC’s Cody Kessler ranks as the league’s top option, but California junior Jared Goff isn’t far behind.  ...

Hawaii QB Max Wittek Ready to Make Most of "Second Chance" After USC

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 5 months ago
Norm Chow knew recruiting quarterback Max Wittek to Hawaii was a long shot. “The Mountain West could not get a guy like that out of high school,” the Rainbow Warriors head coach Chow said at Mountain West media days in Las Vegas. “He’s a Power Five guy, Pac-12 guy.” And indeed, Wittek went from a prep powerhouse in Southern California, Mater Dei, to a...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 5 months ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2015, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk...

Why USC Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 5 months ago
USC last entered the national championship race in 2008, which also was the last season the Trojans won the conference title. To call seven years a drought might be somewhat disingenuous — just ask Cal or Oregon State, neither of which have been to a Rose Bowl in more than a half-century — but expectations are such that this time has given those around the USC football...

The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2015

By Kyle Kensing, 1 year 5 months ago
The conference now known as the Pac-12 became a regular home for the Heisman Trophy in the 1960s. In that decade, USC's Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson, UCLA's Gary Beban and Oregon State's Terry Baker all brought the most celebrated individual award in the sport out West. In the years since, the Heisman has made just a few return trips. In fact, barring USC recipients, John...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
Projecting college football’s breakout players for any given season is no easy assignment. After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season. While it’s difficult to label breakout players, the new stars of any season can have a huge impact on conference championship...