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Bold Predictions

By Nathan Rush, 1 week 1 day 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...

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

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days 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, 2 weeks 4 days 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...

Reviewing the Most Important College Football News of the Summer

By David Fox, 2 weeks 4 days ago
College football has made plenty of news this summer, and some of it hasn’t involved attorneys or conference realignment.The summer — officially — has recently begun, but it’s starting to feel like the season is just around the corner. Part of that is because we’re less than 50 days away from the first day of the season. And SEC media days, the unofficial...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days 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...

The Best Stadiums in College Football (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 14 hours ago
It’s a cliché for a reason and it’s survived more than 2,000 years for a reason. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” — which some say first originated in 3rd century B.C. — applies to most subjective arguments hundreds of years later. Especially, when it comes to ranking things in the college football world. Ranking past teams,...

Which Schools Can End Their Heisman Droughts?

By David Fox, 1 month 3 days ago
Note to the uninitiated: Charles Woodson is not a good name to drop around Knoxville.In 1997, the Michigan defensive back beat out Peyton Manning for the Heisman Trophy, one of the greatest Heisman heists if you ask anyone in SEC country.Tennessee had Heisman runners up before (four of them total) and had been closer in the voting (Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung beat out Johnny Majors by 72...

Ranking the Pac-12 Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 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, 1 month 1 week 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, 1 month 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...