Utah enjoyed its most successful Pac-12 season yet in 2015. Kyle Whittingham's Utes finished with 10 wins for the first time since 2010 and came within a whisker of claiming an outright Pac-12 South title.
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.
Arizona went from barely having a pulse on the recruiting trail for the 2017 class to more than doubling its commitment list on Wednesday, landing defensive end Kylan Wilborn, defensive tackle Kurtis Brown, and tight end Bryce Wolma.
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus.
Unprecedented, sustained success defined Jim Mora’s first four seasons as UCLA’s head coach. Never before had the Bruins won nine or more games three consecutive times, and only once previously had UCLA put together back-to-back years of 10 wins.
Oregon’s unique brand of up-tempo football accomplished more than winning some games over the last half-decade. The Ducks revolutionized the sport, helping to usher in a new era of fast-paced, entertaining offenses.