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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.

Pac-12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the Pac-12's best for 2017.
Pac-12 Football 2017 All-Conference Team

The Pacific Northwest and the state of California are ground zero for the Pac-12’s top talent in 2017. Oregon and Washington take the top two spots on Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team for 2017, as the Ducks and Huskies combine for 27 overall selections. Oregon’s 14 picks are the most of any team in the conference.

Stanford Football: 2017 Cardinal Preview and Prediction

The Cardinal rank No. 17 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Stanford Cardinal 2017 Preview and Prediction

Stanford must replace a pair of top-10 NFL draft picks in running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas, but don’t expect the Cardinal to take too many steps back. Eight starters return on both sides of the ball, the offensive line will be as solid as usual and the secondary is deep and talented. The key will be what happens at quarterback and if Bryce Love can fill McCaffrey’s big shoes as the primary ball carrier.

Oregon Football: 2017 Ducks Preview and Prediction

The Ducks rank No. 21 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2017.
Oregon Ducks 2017 Preview and Prediction

Oregon is in unchartered territory, as the Ducks are coming off a 4-8 record, their worst finish since 1991. Not surprisingly, head coach Mark Helfrich was fired and while many applauded the hire of Willie Taggart, his tenure in Eugene got off to a rocky start.

Pac-12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

UCLA's Josh Rosen will have multiple opportunities to show why he's one of the nation's top signal-callers after an injury-plagued 2016
Pac-12's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team.

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

DJ Durkin and the Maryland Terrapins have the toughest slate of any team this fall
Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus.