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Ranking the Pac-12's Running Backs for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
The Pac-12 is a loaded league for running back talent in 2015. Utah’s Devontae Booker is coming off a huge season in his first year with the Utes and ranks as the conference’s top back. But UCLA’s Paul Perkins is a close second, and the junior will take on an even bigger role in the offense with quarterback Brett Hundley’s departure. The depth of the league’s...

10 Teams Guaranteed NOT to Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The Athlon Sports 2015 preseason college football top 25 countdown begins this Wednesday and hearts are already breaking across the nation. Every season, the Athlon Sports Top 25 starts the national conversation about where teams’ expectations lay heading into camp. Preseason Top 25 polls miss on teams — both good and bad. But one thing is true, your favorite team...

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure. This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment...

Ranking the Pac-12 College Towns (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 6 days ago
The old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” couldn’t be more true when it comes to ranking college towns. Do you prefer larger metropolitan areas? Do you enjoy the isolated peace and quiet of a quaint small town? Cost of living, nightlife, food, culture, weather, surrounding geography and more go into evaluating a city. Every college campus is unique and...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Coaching Jobs in 2015 (Expert Poll)

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Is it easier to win at USC or UCLA? How about Oregon, Stanford or Washington? Which program provides the most support? Which program has access to the best players? Which program has proven it can succeed at a high level over time? Which program has the most pressure to win? These are all the questions head coaches must ask themselves when deciding to accept a job or not. So...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Pac-12 Early Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Pac-12 conference preview. Has the Pac-12 caught the SEC as the nation's best conference? Is the Pac-12 South the best division in football? Or is this league too tough to produce a playoff team in 2015? Is the State of Arizona or the City of Los Angeles better equipped to make a run at the Pac-12 South...

Pac-12 Football 2015 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff. The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. That shouldn’t ever be the issue in the Pac-12 — also known as college football's second-best league. Most will point to the depth of...

Pac-12's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
The 2015 Pac-12 season is shaping up to be another year filled of intrigue in both division races. Oregon is the favorite in the North, but the Ducks have question marks on both sides of the ball. And the expected replacement for quarterback Marcus Mariota – Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams – won’t arrive until this summer. In the South Division, five out of the six...

Pac-12 North 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. After claiming a Heisman Trophy and reaching the national championship game, the Oregon Ducks likely enter the season as the Pac-12 North Division favorites. But it's not nearly as clear-cut as years...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 3 months 4 days ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...