Back-to-back winning seasons have Washington State fans eagerly awaiting to see what the Cougars can do in Luke Falk's senior season. The Air Raid offense, under Falk, has been a living nightmare for opponents.
On the first day of fall camp last August, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen confidently declared the Bruins had the pieces necessary to compete for a national championship. The talented sophomore suffered a shoulder injury early into the campaign, however, and offensive changes made in the offseason never quite worked.
Less than 23 months after the Oregon Ducks played for the inaugural College Football Playoff championship, university athletic brass decided the time had come for a change in Eugene. And what a change.
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T.
Every bit of excitement generated when the University of Washington announced its hire of Chris Petersen in December 2013 was validated last season when the Huskies won their first Pac-12 football championship in 16 years.
USC and Washington are the early favorites to claim the top spots in the Pac-12 next fall, so it should be no surprise both teams feature a good chunk of the conference’s individual talent. The Trojans take four spots in Athlon’s spring Pac-12 player rankings, while the Huskies have eight.
In simple terms, a 5-7 showing by the California Golden Bears in 2016 wasn’t good enough for the powers that be. It didn’t matter that Sonny Dykes had inherited a mess and brought this program quite far in a relatively short amount of time.