Coordinator changes in college football can have an immediate impact on either side of the ball. Every year, it seems a handful of teams show significant improvement in the win column or on the stat sheet as a result of a coordinator change.
The conference now known as the Pac-12 became a regular home for the Heisman Trophy in the 1960s. In that decade, USC's Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson, UCLA's Gary Beban and Oregon State's Terry Baker all brought the most celebrated individual award in the sport out West.
College football coaches are always on the hot seat. The pressure to win now is greater than it was 15-20 years ago. With the 24-hour news cycle, social media and message boards, coaches, teams and players are always on the spotlight.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich allowed his team some time to mourn the Ducks’ failed bid for the program’s first national championship. But with a loaded roster heading into 2015, Oregon has an opportunity to turn its disappointment into fuel for another run at the title.
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few.
Projecting college football’s breakout players for any given season is no easy assignment. After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season.