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Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Will 2014 be the year the SEC is no longer considered the best conference in football? If Larry Scott has anything to do with it, the answer is yes. The Pac-12, on the backs of elite quarterback play and a talented coaching roster, is poised to make a run at the SEC’s supremacy this fall. If it doesn’t eat itself alive, that is. The Pac-12 schedules appear to be the most...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Pac-12 to talk anonymously about...

Ranking the Pac-12's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple.  Every college football program in the nation has an...

15 College Football Teams We'd Like to See on HBO's Hard Knocks

By David Fox, 1 month 1 week ago
With nearly every major conference operating its own television network — we see you, SEC Network, finally joining hands with DirecTV — fans have unprecedented access to their favorite college teams.There’s one area, though, where we’d like to see college teams take a cue from HBO and NFL Films. Every season, HBO provides an inside look at training camp for one NFL team....

The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

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

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 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 months 1 week 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...

Pac-12 Football Breakout Players for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week 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...

Which Schools Can End Their Heisman Droughts?

By David Fox, 2 months 3 weeks 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, 2 months 4 weeks 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...