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College Football 2017 All-America Team

Athlon picks the best players for 2017.
College Football 2017 All-America Team

The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks.

Ranking the Toughest Games on Utah's College Football Schedule in 2017

The Utes' road slate this fall includes games at USC, Washington, Oregon and BYU
Ranking the Toughest Games on Utah's College Football Schedule in 2017

Only one team has not yet claimed a solo Pac-12 South crown. Utah has come close to breaking through over the last three seasons. The Utes have won at least nine games — including a bowl game — and finished with a Top 25 ranking each year.

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years (Athlon Era)

Ranking college football's best players since 1967.
Top 50 College Football Players of the Athlon Era

The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship.

Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA's College Football Schedule in 2017

Eight of the Bruins' opponents played in bowl games last season
Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA's College Football Schedule in 2017

After a dismal, 4-8 finish in the 2016 season, UCLA football needs to bounce back in 2017. The return of Josh Rosen at quarterback, after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury, sets a positive tone. UCLA also is rife with talent, the result of strong recruiting throughout head coach Jim Mora's tenure.

California Football: 2017 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

The Golden Bears rank No. 76 in Athlon’s Top 130 for 2017
California Football: 2017 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

Simply put, California is starting over. New head coach Justin Wilcox has been given the task of rebuilding a program that stagnated under Sonny Dykes. Growing pains should be expected not only because of the coaching transition, but also due to the fact a total of 10 starters are returning. Statistically speaking, the Golden Bears’ defense really has only way to go, which is up, but the flip side is the offense is all but guaranteed to take several steps backward.

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.

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