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Arizona State Football: 2017 Sun Devils Preview and Prediction

The Sun Devils rank No. 53 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Arizona State Football: 2017 Sun Devils Preview and Prediction

Arizona State enters an important season under head coach Todd Graham. After going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game for the first time in five seasons, Graham and the Sun Devils are in many ways starting over. A new offensive coordinator is changing Arizona State’s approach on one side of the ball, while for the first time as a head coach, Graham is letting someone else run the defense. Even though there are questions on both sides of the ball, the Sun Devils should be better.

Utah Football: 2017 Utes Preview and Prediction

Utes rank No. 38 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Utah Football: 2017 Utes Preview and Prediction

Over the last three seasons, Utah has won at least nine games and been a tough out in the Pac-12 South Division. However, the Utes are still looking for their first division title since joining the conference in 2011. Head coach Kyle Whittingham is hoping a change at offensive coordinator will jumpstart a unit that had its share of struggles in 2016.

Colorado Football: 2017 Buffaloes Preview and Prediction

The Buffaloes rank No. 34 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
Colorado Football: 2017 Buffaloes Preview and Prediction

Colorado broke through in a major way in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s fourth season, winning 10 games and the Pac-12 South title. The Buffaloes will need to replace a four-year starter at quarterback and nine starters from a defense that ranked in the top 20 in the FBS, but the cupboard isn’t completely bare in Boulder either.

UCLA Football: 2017 Bruins Preview and Prediction

The Bruins rank No. 33 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
UCLA Football: 2017 Bruins Preview and Prediction

After winning at least eight games in each of the past four seasons, UCLA cratered to 4-8 in 2016. Injuries, namely to quarterback Josh Rosen, certainly contributed to the decline, but that’s done little to squelch any talk about head coach Jim Mora’s job security. Rosen’s healthy return is critical, although he will need more support from the running game and his offensive line.

15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Which teams are the toughest to rank in 2017?
15 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2017

Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning from injury, scheme tweaks or just overall depth chart concerns make any preseason prediction difficult for a number of teams.

Washington State Football: 2017 Cougars Preview and Prediction

The Cougars rank No. 28 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017.
Washington State Football: 2017 Cougars Preview and Prediction

Washington State has been a program on the rise in recent years and with prolific quarterback Luke Falk back, the Cougars should be in the mix in the Pac-12 North once again. As impressive as Falk has been, Washington State also has a surprisingly strong running game and solid offensive line to lean on. The defense has been transformed under coordinator Alex Grinch and returns plenty of experience.

Washington Football: 2017 Huskies Preview and Prediction

The Huskies rank No. 4 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Washington Huskies 2017 Preview and Prediction

Washington was hit hard by NFL departures, but the Huskies have plenty of talent on the roster as they look to not just only defend their Pac-12 title, but get back to the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Jake Browning and a potent one-two punch at running back will lead the way on offense, but new targets need to emerge for the passing game.

USC Football: 2017 Trojans Preview and Prediction

The Trojans rank No. 5 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
USC Trojans 2017 Preview and Prediction

USC enters this season one of the hottest teams in the country after winning nine in a row to close out 2016, including a thrilling comeback victory in the Rose Bowl over Penn State. Expectations are high for the Trojans once again thanks to presence of quarterback Sam Darnold, who went from No. 2 on the depth chart to a Heisman Trophy contender in a little more than three months.

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