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College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

Can Oklahoma develop weapons around Landry Jones?
<p> College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice</p>

The start of the 2012 college football season is just a few weeks away. However, as fall practice kicks off around the nation, plenty of unanswered questions remain, including some that will have an impact on the national title race. Athlon preps you for everything you need to know about fall practice with the 20 biggest storylines to watch over the next couple of weeks.

Pac-12's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

Can California develop other receivers outside of Keenan Allen?
<p> Pac-12's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is just around the corner. However, plenty of unanswered questions remain around the nation for every team. Injuries, quarterback battles and players that need to step up to make a run at the conference title will all be under the spotlight over the next couple of weeks. 

The Pac-12's 10 Biggest Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

Pac-12 Football's Breakout Players for 2012

Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey should be one of the top breakout players in 2012.
<p> Pac-12 Football's Breakout Players for 2012</p>

Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. 

USC Football: Matt Barkley's Return Has Trojans Poised to Win National Title

Barkley's return to L.A. has USC in the mix to win the title in 2012.
<p> USC Football: Matt Barkley Has Sights Set on National Championship</p>
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The official announcement came on a bright December day just before Christmas, and throughout Southern California, the stunning news flicked on smiles like so many twinkling holiday lights.

Matt Barkley was coming back.

USC's Hottest Fan: Kendra

Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Linebackers

Stanford's Shayne Skov is coming off a torn ACL.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Linebackers</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season.

Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011.

Pac-12 Football: Leach, Rodriguez and Graham Add Spice and Intrigue

Arizona hit a home run with its hire of Rich Rodriguez.
<p> Pac-12 Football: Leach, Rodriguez and Graham Add Spice and Intrigue</p>

Don’t expect Monte Kiffin to sleep very much from about Oct. 21-Nov. 10. The USC defensive coordinator doesn’t get a lot of rest during the season to begin with, but the opponents the Trojans will face during that specific three-game stretch could lead to some particularly long nights.

Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Lines

Oregon's Dion Jordan looks for another big season in 2012.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Lines</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season.

Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011.

Top 10 College Coaches Under 40

Our look at the most accomplished under-40 college football and basketball coaches
<p> Top College Coaches Under 40</p>

What would recent Final Fours be without Butler and VCU? And how boring would college football be without coaches like Lane Kiffin and Pat Fitzgerald.

There’s an intriguing youth movement afoot in college sports where Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart, both under the age of 40, have reached the final weekend of the NCAA Tournament and subsequently turn down big-time jobs to continue building their mid-major programs.

Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Lines

USC's offensive line ranks as the Pac-12's best for 2012.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Lines</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season.

Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011.

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