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

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks 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 3 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...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks 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, 3 months 3 weeks 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, 4 months 5 days 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, 4 months 1 week 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...

Pac-12 Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions. With the predictions released, it’s time...

Pac-12's Top 10 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 weeks ago
If there is one league in college football this season that needs to take it easy in the non-conference slate, it’s the Pac-12. Larry Scott has built what could be the best conference in college football in 2014 and it would make sense for most of the programs to take it easy outside of their league. But, for most of the contenders out West this fall, that couldn't be further...

Pac-12 Football 2014 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
2014 Pac-12 PredictionsNorth DivisionPac-12Overall1. Oregon (No. 6)7-211-22. Stanford (No. 12)7-29-33. Washington (No. 24)5-49-44. Oregon State (No. 53)3-66-65. Washington State (No. 56)3-66-66. California (No. 76)1-82-10South DivisionPac-12Overall1. UCLA (No. 7)7-210-32. USC (No. 14)6-39-33. Arizona State (No. 16)6-39-34. Arizona (No. 45)4-57-55. Utah (No. 54)4-56-66. Colorado (No. 71)1-84-8Pac...

2014 College Football Rankings: #14 USC

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 2 weeks ago
USC opens the Steve Sarkisian era with plenty of optimism. The Trojans return 14 starters from a team that went 10-4 last year, and the coaching staff has stability after a season of uncertainty. Sarkisian hired a good staff and inherits a team capable of winning the Pac-12 South. Quarterback Cody Kessler improved as 2013 progressed, and receiver Nelson Agholor should be an All-American in 2014...