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10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 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, 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...

College Football's Best Coordinator Duos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 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, 3 months 4 days 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, 3 months 6 days 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), 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 2 weeks 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...