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Predicting the National College Football Awards for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 4 weeks 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...

Alabama, USC schedule 1st meeting since 1985

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 2 days ago
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama and USC have scheduled their first meeting since the Crimson Tide's win in the 1985 Aloha Bowl.The national powerhouses will play in the Cowboys Classic at AT...

Great Coaches, Improved Facilities and New TV Deal Have Fueled Pac-12's Rise

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 4 days ago
It’s understandable that David Shaw would be somewhat conflicted when it comes to the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule. On the one hand, the fourth-year Stanford coach is a competitor, and there is something appealing about being the ruling party two seasons running in a league that tests manhood like no other. He is also a pragmatist, and when he sees the annual parade of...

11 Pac-12 Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting Pac-12 statistics you need to know about in 2014:  7: Top returning passers in the Pac-12Oregon State’s Sean Mannion led the Pac-12 and was second nationally with 4,662 passing yards.  Washington State’s Connor Halliday led the nation with 714 pass attempts. Both Marcus Mariota and Taylor...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Coaching changes are a big part of any college football offseason, and several big names switched addresses. And whether it was coaching moves in the SEC or the Sun Belt, this offseason wasn’t short on impact additions or subtractions among teams. Several of these coordinator hires could help a team win a couple of extra games in 2014. Utah and Rutgers were two of the biggest...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Whether it’s a true freshman playing for the first time, a junior college recruit stepping into the lineup or a player on the roster that’s finally ready to assume a starting job, predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. The...

College Football's Top 20 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2014 season is still a few months away, but kickoff is fast approaching in late August. Now that the preseason magazines are on newsstands, it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming season.The unpredictable nature of college football is challenging for any preseason prognostication. However, that’s also what makes this sport unique.As fall...

Ranking the Pac-12 Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 3 months 1 hour ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan support, home-field...