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College Football's Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 13 hours ago
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last year's CFB Playoff contenders. Alabama (Jalen Hurts), Washington (Jake Browning) and Penn State (Trace McSorley) each had a breakout player under...

Examining the Over/Under 2017 Win Totals for the Pac-12

By Matt Josephs, 5 days 10 hours ago
Let me start my overview of the Pac-12 by saying USC is back and this is great not only for the conference, but also for college football in general. The past few seasons haven't been good to Trojans fans, but now they are back in the mix for a College Football Playoff appearance and possible national title.   Washington should continue to build off of its successful 2016 campaign as...

Utah Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By John Coon, 5 days 11 hours ago
Utah has grown into a consistent pest in the Pac-12 over the past three seasons. The Utes have won at least nine games, won a bowl game and finished ranked in the Top 25 each of those years. Only one thing is missing from the checklist of accomplishments. Utah has not yet cleared the last hurdle and claimed a Pac-12 South crown.   Can the Utes finally take one more step forward and finish...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Colorado’s College Football Schedule in 2017

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 1 week 10 hours ago
The Colorado Buffaloes put together a dream season in 2016, breaking an eight-year postseason drought in a big way by winning the Pac-12 South Division. Colorado also put together its first 10-win season since 2001. Despite back-to-back blowout losses to close the 2016 campaign out, the Buffaloes entered the offseason with more momentum than they have had in more than a decade.   Simply...

Assessing Every College Football Head Coach Hire from Power 5 Teams from 2012-16

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 13 hours ago
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks like a shadow of its best self, reduced to Alabama and the 13 Dwarves. What the heck happened?   There are enough different answers to that to...

Ranking the Toughest Games on Stanford's College Football Schedule in 2017

By Kyle Kensing, 1 week 4 days ago
A trying stretch in the middle of the season that included two blowout losses, a quarterback controversy that lasted almost until Halloween, and... Stanford still won 10 games in 2016.   For perspective on just how good this program has become under head coach David Shaw, Stanford's sixth double-digit-win season in seven years felt like a disappointment. Much of that has to do...

How are College Football's Top Recruits Handling the Changing Coaching Landscape?

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 4 days ago
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to break gaps and chase down skill-position players in the open field. Oliver was a consensus five-star recruit in football-frenetic Houston, Texas —...

Pac-12's Top Coordinator Hires for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 5 days ago
The Pac-12 experienced its share of turnover and change in the coordinator ranks this offseason. Eight different teams experienced some sort of change at offensive or defensive coordinator for the 2017 season, with USC, Stanford, Arizona and Washington State maintaining the same coordinator duo as they did in 2016.   With eight teams making a change at coordinator, it’s hard to...

Sam Darnold is Leading USC's Return to Dominance

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
It wasn’t how they drew it up.   Sam Darnold was hurrying after the football in the backfield. The handoff with running back Justin Davis had been botched, and so the ball tumbled onto the Coliseum grass. Before it could be swallowed up by a Colorado defensive lineman, Darnold scooped it up, then retreated almost 20 yards in an attempt to escape the pass rush.   Although he...

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After...