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Pac-12 Takeaways: Taylor Kelly, Brett Hundley Injured in wins, Trojans Upset

By Braden Gall, 1 week 10 hours ago
The Pac-12 was 7-2 overall in Week 3. One of those losses was a conference game but the other was a horrendous road defeat for USC at the hands of Boston College. But there were two other losses that could prove to be huge in the race for the Pac-12 South Division title. UCLA and Arizona State both finished costly wins with their star quarterbacks standing on the sidelines with could be...

West Virginia QB Clint Trickett is Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week

By David Fox, 1 week 1 day ago
Crooked passing numbers are the hallmark of Big 12 teams. In that way, West Virginia is starting to fit in again. After a one-year bowl absence and a rotating cast of injured and ineffective quarterbacks, West Virginia is starting to look like a real Big 12 offense after a one-year absence. Quarterback Clint Trickett completed 37-of-47 passes for 511 yards with four touchdowns and an...

Pac-12 Week 3 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 week 4 days ago
Washington State and Colorado notwithstanding, the Pac-12 has had a very successful first two weeks of the season. Oregon looks like a national title team, all of the other contenders have survived and stayed unblemished in the non-conference (UCLA, Oregon State, Washington) and the rest of the league (Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Utah) has looked better than anticipated. This weekend...

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 2 in the Pac-12

By Braden Gall, 1 week 6 days ago
Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Pac-12 football action: 9: Stanford drives inside the USC 35-yard lineThe Cardinal took all nine of their drives to at least the USC 32-yard line but managed only 10 points for an ugly 1.1 points per trip inside the 40. Stanford missed two field goals, lost two fumbles, punted twice...

Pac-12 Takeaways: Marcus Mariota, USC and Mike Leach

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 10 hours ago
The entire nation was watching the Pac-12 in Week 2 and the league didn't disappoint.  The Ducks won what was being billed as "the most important game of the year" by FOX over a top 10 team. USC won the first of what is surely to be many Pac-12 conference bouts in dramatic fashion. And, as expected, offenses were on full display around the league as four teams scored at...

Pac-12 Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 4 days ago
All of college football should be watching the Pac-12 this weekend. The two biggest games of the Week 2 slate will be played out West and will feature four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP Poll. One of which will feature two top-10 teams. In fact, over the last 10 years, only four times has a Pac-12 team ranked in the AP top 10 faced a non-conference foe also ranked in the AP top...

Pac-12 Takeaways: Sarkisian and Petersen have mixed debuts

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 6 days ago
The Pac-12 held serve in Week 1. But just barely. Most of the contenders — Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, USC, Arizona and Utah — crushed overmatched opponents to start the year. But UCLA had to fight to top Virginia, and Washington barely held on for a win over Hawaii. Both are considered disappointing showings despite each achieving victory. Oregon...

Pac-12 Week 1 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Undefeated should be the Pac-12's goal in Week 1. Every team in the league is favored to win its season opener with the exception of Cal — an 11-point underdog on the road at Northwestern. So barring a Golden Bears’ road upset, the league should be hoping to avoid the upset bug in the first weekend of action. All of the league front-runners are huge...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 1 Picks

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Each week, Athlon Sports brings the fans a taste of Las Vegas with our panel picks against the spread for every top 25 game and Braden Gall’s top individual games of the week. Here are his Week 1 picks: Boise St (-10) vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta)Normally the Broncos are excellent in season openers against high-level competition. Normally Ole Miss isn’t considered high-level...