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The Pac-12's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 5 days 15 hours ago
The 2016 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the Pac-12 becoming the first major conference to implement a nine-game league schedule. A rigorous conference slate has helped maintain rivalries, and often resulted in Pac-12 teams navigating some of the most challenging and most entertaining schedules in college football.   The upcoming campaign is no exception. In fact, the conference...

College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 5 days 16 hours ago
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.   Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the...

College Football Poll Watch: Iowa Disrespected Early, Oklahoma and Utah Underrated

By J.P. Scott, 6 days 15 hours ago
The first AP Top 25 Poll of the 2016 college football season was released on Sunday.   Everything went basically as planned in the top 10, with Alabama and Clemson landing in the top two spots based on the accomplishments of their 2015 rosters, Tennessee cracking the first 10 based on the "this is their year" hype bump, and Notre Dame landing in the top 10 because...

Ranking the Pac-12's Top 35 Players for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 6 days 16 hours ago
The Pac-12 is known for its high-scoring offenses and dynamic skill players, and with the likes of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning, this league is going to have its share of fireworks on offense once again. However, the Pac-12 has a solid group of playmakers returning on defense, including Washington...

Utah Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

By John Coon, 1 week 3 days ago
Utah made major strides in the Pac-12 each of the past two seasons. The Utes reached a new pinnacle last fall, putting together a 10-win season for the first time since 2010 and tying for the Pac-12 South Division title. Can Utah finally step forward and play for the Pac-12 title this December?   Related: Utah Utes 2016 Preview and Prediction   Defensively, few teams will be able...

Predicting the Pac-12's Biggest Upsets in 2016

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 3 days ago
An oft-echoed sentiment around Pac-12 country suggests that any week, just about any team in the conference can beat the rest. Though Oregon State faced some hard times in Gary Andersen's first season at the helm, going winless in the 2015 league slate, and Colorado's faced some lean years since joining five years ago, the coming campaign should be the most tumultuous.   Related:...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Pac-12 in 2016

By J.P. Scott, 1 week 4 days ago
Ask 10 college football writers and analysts around the country which team is going to win the Pac-12 in 2016 and you're likely to get at least six different answers. You've got two teams that aren't very good and 10 others that could finish anywhere from 6-6 to 11-1 depending on friendly bounces and bad breaks. You've also got five or six teams with realistic Heisman Trophy...

College Football's 20 Most Underrated Quarterbacks for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position could be the difference between winning a national title or finishing outside of the playoff mix.   Related: Ranking All 128 College Football...

College Football's Top 50 Defensive Backfields for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU, Alabama and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive...

Ranking the Pac-12 Running Back Tandems for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 16 hours ago
Having two running backs is almost essential for every college football team. While some teams have workhorse options that can handle 275 or 300 carries, most programs want to have at least two (and sometimes three) running backs to split up the workload. The thought process is pretty simple: Take the workload off one player and spread it around to keep everyone fresh. This concept seems to gain...