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Arizona Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

The Wildcats rank No. 66 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Arizona Football: 2017 Wildcats Preview and Prediction

After four straight winning seasons under Rich Rodriguez, Arizona cratered in 2016, going 3-9 overall and winning just one game in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats couldn’t score (24.8 ppg, 100th in the FBS) and couldn’t stop opponents from scoring either (38.3 ppg, 118th). Not surprisingly, the defensive coaching staff was revamped but that won’t change the talent and depth issues on that side of the ball.

5 Reasons Why Washington State can be a Dark Horse Pac-12 Contender in 2017

Running backs like Gerard Wicks are one reason why the Cougars could be a surprise threat in the Pac-12 North this fall
5 Reasons Why Washington State can be a Dark Horse Pac-12 Contender in 2017

Washington State has taken on a new identity within the Pac-12 after spending many seasons buried in the league cellar.

Oregon State Football: 2017 Beavers Preview and Prediction

The Beavers rank No. 65 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2017
Oregon State Football: 2017 Beavers Preview and Prediction

Oregon State won only four games last season, but the Beavers’ progress in head coach Gary Andersen’s second season goes beyond just the wins and losses. Oregon State won its final two Pac-12 games and in the process identified some building blocks.

Pac-12 Football 2017 Predictions

Complete Pac-12 preview for 2017.
Pac-12 Football 2017 Predictions

Washington claimed the Pac-12 title and a CFB Playoff berth last season, and despite some key personnel departures, coach Chris Petersen’s team isn’t fading from the top of the league in 2017. The Huskies are a slight favorite over USC in Athlon’s 2017 Pac-12 predictions, with Oregon, Stanford and Washington State rounding out the next tier.

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.

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