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Pac-12 Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 7 months 2 weeks ago
The first weekend of action was mostly positive for Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. Mostly.Washington might have been the most impressive team in the nation after a huge performance against regional rival Boise State. Utah, behind developing quarterback Travis Wilson, clinched an important in-state rivalry win over Utah State. Mark Helfrich and Mike MacIntyre debuted with solid wins. And even...

USC Expected to Start Cody Kessler at QB in Week 2

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
USC opened the season with a 30-13 victory over Hawaii, but the Trojans struggled to get anything going through the air. And it appears the quarterback battle will continue into Week 2. All reports out of Los Angeles this week seem to signal Cody Kessler will get the start this Saturday, but Max Wittek is expected to play.Kessler started at quarterback and completed 10 of 19 throws for 95 yards...

College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 1 Edition

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Week 1 of the 2013 college football season is in the books, and a few coaches are feeling the pressure after their opening week performance.Connecticut’s Paul Pasqualoni takes the top spot in Athlon’s hot seat rankings after Week 1. The Huskies turned in an awful performance against Towson, losing to the FCS opponent on Thursday night. Considering Connecticut had very little margin...

Pac-12 Post-Week 1 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
There was plenty of good news for the Pac-12 in Week 1. But there was one bad loss that won’t be easy to forget for some time – at least in Corvallis, Ore.Oregon easily handled Nicholls State in the debut of coach Mark Helfrich, while Washington scored a huge victory over Washington. UCLA was impressive in its victory over Nevada, and USC was just too much for Hawaii – even...

Pac-12 Week 1 Recap and Awards

By Braden Gall, 7 months 2 weeks ago
Fans need to prepare for a wild season out west if the first weekend was any indication. Sure, division contenders Stanford and Arizona State were on bye while Oregon, UCLA and Arizona rolled to typically one-sided wins against over-matched opponents. But the rest of the league was in a dog fight.Cal lost a tough one to Northwestern. Oregon State got upset at home against regional FCS opponent...

Pac-12 Week 1 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 7 months 3 weeks ago
Week One of the season is generally reserved for warm-up tests with cream-puffs so that new coaches and new quarterbacks can ease their way into the schedule.That won’t be the case in the Pac-12 in 2013. Cal, Washington State and Colorado are underdogs to start the season while Washington, Utah and those same Buffaloes will open things with important regional rivalry games. And the double...

College Football's Top 5 Unresolved QB Competitions

By Stephen Schindler, 7 months 3 weeks ago
As we sit days away from the start of the college football season, several big time programs have yet to make a decision at the most important position in football, Most of these QB competitions that won’t be resolved until noon on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the top 5 quarterback competitions that will affect the 2013 season.1. USCMax Wittek vs. Cody KesslerOn the USC depth chart...

Ranking All 125 College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
Coaches are always a hot topic during any college football season. And once the calendar turns to late October, replacements and potential firings will dominate the headlines even more.There’s a difference between a coach on the hot seat and the overall pressure surrounding a coach. And it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two categories. But Athlon Sports has...

College Football: Pre-Week 1 Heisman Voting

By Braden Gall, 7 months 3 weeks ago
Each week of the college football season, Athlon Sports will poll some of the nation's best college football people from every region of the country. Each voter offers up a top five and each first-place vote is worth five points. A second-place vote is worth four points, so on and so forth. With 13 voters, a perfect ballot — i.e., 13 first-place votes — would give a player...