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The Pac-12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Good luck figuring out the Pac-12 this fall. At the top, many believe this league is college football’s best. And what separates it from every other league in the nation — including the mighty SEC — isn’t just the fact that two teams will play 10 conference games but that all of the preseason powers will face each other this fall. While other...

10 College Football Teams That Need to Lower Expectations

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Rankings are a big part of any college football season, and even in the playoff format, the polls and projections are still an interesting exercise. For example: The AP Poll came out over the weekend, while the USA Today Coaches Poll came out a few weeks ago. And the Athlon Sports Top 25 has been out since May. With a few small exceptions — Florida ranked in Athlon...

College Football's Top 30 RB Units for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The running back position is full of talent for 2014, headlined by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah. And talented rushers like South Carolina’s Mike Davis, Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon and Miami’s Duke Johnson aren’t far behind. While the individual talent is important, depth and the No. 2 option –...

The Top 10 Most Underrated College Football QBs in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
Do most SEC fans know who Taylor Kelly is? That he is the only other player in the nation other than the great Johnny Manziel to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for at least 500 in each of the last two seasons? Because if not, they should. Which is why Kelly is ranked by Athlon Sports as the No. 8 quarterback in college football heading into the 2014 campaign. So using that...

The Pac-12's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The beauty of college football lies in its unpredictability and volatility. Roster turnover is largely responsible for the tremendous amount of variability from year to year within the sport. Key graduations, early entries into the NFL Draft, dismissals and a massive influx of tomorrow's stars in the form of bright-eyed freshmen create more personnel turnover in college football than...

USC LB Ruffin out for season

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 months 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - USC outside linebacker Jabari Ruffin will miss the upcoming 2014 season after tearing a knee ligament in practice on Sunday.Ruffin, a redshirt sophomore, was competing with Quinton Powell for a starting job during fall camp. The four-star recruit had 22 tackles and a sack while playing in 13 games in a reserve role for the Trojans last season.USC will open...

Ranking College Football's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 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 official...

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

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 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, 2 months 2 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, 2 months 2 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...