College football follows a specific life cycle. A new cycle begins in just a few days from the publication of this article with 2017 National Signing Day. The new wave of incoming talent onto the landscape replaces those athletes exiting.
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff.
A transition year was expected in 2016 for the Pac-12, but the conference produced a playoff contender (Washington) and one of the nation’s hottest teams at the end of the season (USC). Additionally, the surprise emergence of Colorado in the South Division was one of the best storylines from 2016.