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Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Will 2014 be the year the SEC is no longer considered the best conference in football? If Larry Scott has anything to do with it, the answer is yes. The Pac-12, on the backs of elite quarterback play and a talented coaching roster, is poised to make a run at the SEC’s supremacy this fall. If it doesn’t eat itself alive, that is. The Pac-12 schedules appear to be the most...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks 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 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Pac-12 to talk anonymously about...

15 Defensive Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
When it comes to the Heisman Trophy, the little guy gets no respect. And by the little guy, I don’t mean Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton. I mean 300-pound defensive lineman or 6-foot-4 fire-breathing linebackers. No, when it comes to the most prestigious trophy in sports, the entire defensive side of the ball has been largely ignored for the better part of a century. Michigan...

10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Defining the term “dark horse” was actually the toughest part of this exercise. Finding really talented players who could breakout into prominent roles is actually the easiest part of trying to pick Heisman Trophy sleepers. Part of what makes college football the greatest sport in the world is its volatility and unpredictability. After debates with many trusted advisors...

Ranking the Pac-12's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple.  Every college football program in the nation has an...

College Football's Best Coordinator Duos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 hours ago
Some coaches are great recruiters. Some are great talent developers. Some are great with the media and power boosters. Some are simply great CEOs. Only a select few can say they can do it all. So being able to identify your weaknesses and correct them by surrounding yourself with great personnel is a skill just like coaching defensive backs, luring recruits or glad-handing donors....

Setting First-Year Expectations for USC's Steve Sarkisian

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
USC is one of the premier jobs in college football. With a fertile recruiting area in its backyard, combined with a strong tradition, it’s easy to see why most coaches would consider the Trojans one of the nation’s top-five jobs. Despite all of its advantages, success isn’t guaranteed at USC. The Trojans failed to win at least 10 games in a season from 1989-2001. And the...

Predicting the National College Football Awards for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 days ago
Walk into any major college football facility and you will likely be greeted by some sort of massive trophy case. Some are bigger than others, some are more stocked than others and some are featured more prominently than others. But every school has one. Largely, they are used to show off former exploits and accomplishments on the field to future recruits. “Come to State U...

The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

Bold Predictions

By Nathan Rush, 2 months 1 week ago
5 Bold Predictions for 2014 Much like Nick Saban’s new $6.9 million annual salary, you can take these prognostications to the bank Marcus Mariota will win the Heisman TrophyIt’s been a bad run for preseason Heisman Trophy favorites lately. Sorry, Matt Barkley, Andrew Luck, Beanie Wells, et al. The most recent winners have been Las Vegas longshots heading into their respective...